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Hi. My sleep quality seems to be pretty poor lately. In the past two weeks I have woken up 7/14 nights. I am very tired and I'm starting to get really bad headaches as well. My weight is also going up and I'm not doing so well in my college classes. I wake up in the middle of the night always extremely hungry. I have eaten up to 800 calories at like 4 A.M. It's so bad that if I try not to my stomach will just start getting a "cramping feeling" until I go eat and only then does it seem to get better. I have cut off all caffeine after 2 P.M. and that was only minimal help to my sleep. I had a sleep study done last June and I was diagnosed with sleep apnea however I could not ever get used to my CPAP and after 3 months of trying I gave up on it. This is getting to be really frustrating! I am completely exhausted and really need to sleep better but I don't know what to do really.

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replied May 1st, 2017
Sleep Disorders Answer A61025

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out.

The symptoms that you are having are due to poor sleep and sleep apnea is an important point of concern in your case which may be causing poor sleep.

Treatment for sleep apnea involves CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). In your case you were having difficulty adjusting to CPAP. Is the mask of correct size and shape? A CPAP mask should fit the face snuggly to avoid air leak but not so tight that is feels uncomfortable or causes pain.

You may be finding it difficult to adjust to silicon or rubber of the mask as well. Several masks on the market now are made out of gel-like material. Another mask now has an inflatable cushion that lets the wearer adjust the fit and prevent leaks.

You can consult your sleep specialist and check the CPAP mask which best suits you.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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