|Thanks for the reply Caroline. Well my issue is not about how much sleep, it is about it being interrupted every 3 minutes. Dr said it is like my wife poked me in the ribs ever 3 minutes all night long. More or less sleep does not affect this as the sleep itself is interrupted.
It is hard to accept this as I am constantly exhausted and think this results in depression. Quality of life is not that great being in this state all the time.
|I have been trying to deal with a rare sleep disorder for 10 years now. I have gone to a leading sleep clinic for diagnosis and help but they have failed me, so hoping someone on the net might offer some help.
I have been suffering from some pretty bad fatigue for some time. I had done the normal route of the local sleep clinics and they at first did not see anything typical wrong with me (restless legs, apnea etc), so I got referred to Toronto Western Hospital. I have since underwent several sleep studies and tests over the years. They did eventually find moderate apnea and have been on a CPAP machine now for well over a year. This did help a bit but still am very very tired all the time. They did a repeat study and found that I have an issue where my brain pops in and out of sleep about every 3 minutes all night long. I fall asleep real fast again but they explained this interrupts my normal sleep cycle and likely is causing me to not regenerate properly when sleeping.
I have been prescribed Imovane that I can take every night if I want to help stop this but it again seemed to help but did not fix the issues. My sleep problems I think have resulted in physical depression and recently went on a low dose of Ciprelex for that but to be honest this seems to have made me so tired I can barely function.
My family doctor has been great, running tons of tests to rule out other causes but still no relief.
I have tried taking melatonin (resulted in a lot of migraines), I also took 5-HTP for a while and it helped a bit but no miracle cure.
MY HUSBANDS OXYGEN WITH HIS C-PAP....2.5 LITERS....DO THEY CHECK YOU OXYGEN LEVEL???WE EVEN HAVE ONE OF THOSE TESTERS FOR THE HOUSE...IT SHOULD BE 90 TO 99. dO YOU HAVE A BAD BACK, YOU MIGHT WANT TO TRY A WATER BED.
I welcome any suggestions.