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Have you tried soothing music, meditation, etc.? If you’ve tried the typical stuff, then I’d say it was time to consult with your doctor. There may be a medical or psychological condition interfering with it. I hope you find something that works soon, I know from experience it’s awful when I don’t get enough sleep.
At this point I haven’t tried a whole lot of things. I’ve tried some homeopathic sleep lozenges that were worthless, reading before bed (which sometimes helps for the first part), and sometimes NyQuil but I’m very afraid of becoming dependent on a drug.
I have sleep apnea, and you’ve got classic symptoms. Dr. Millman, my doctor (mentioned by meadowviewartist) is excellent—formerly the director of the pulmonary division at RI Hospital. For a diagnosis, you’ll need to spend a night in the sleep lab at RI Hospital (which is covered by insurance).
Do you snore? That’s apt to be a symptom.
Until you get a dianosis/treatment, BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHILE DRIVING. The statistics about accidents caused by people with sleep apnea are frightening. I had some close calls before I was treated.
meadowviewartist has a virus and is taking care of herself.
Get yourself to a good neurologist. Not getting enough of the right kind of sleep poses a serious health risk
- I should know I suffer from a seizure disorder, high blood pressure, etc., etc.,= You look much younger than me. Ger this taken care of now. I don’t know where you live, but I currently am being reviewed at the Sleep Center at Beth Israel in Boston. There are many similar units across the country as the medical community begins to recognize just how serious an issue this is and what serious health risks you might be able to avoid as you age. Talk to your primary care doctor. This isn’t something to laugh about with friends or experiment with over the counter medications. One thing I know: don’t drink and take ANY kind of medication - prescribed or OTC—before bedtime. And, stop drinking caffeine. Cheers, Kathy P.S. Pleasant dreams.
I’m in Providence, RI right now – what can you tell me about the Sleep Center at Beth Israel? I also don’t have very much money. I rely on caffeine to keep me awake during work. If I don’t have coffee or a red bull especially right after lunch I will literally nod off and fall asleep.
meadowviewartist has a virus and is taking care of herself.
Like you, there are many times during the day when I cannot stay awake. Since I also have a seizure disorder that may be provoked by the sleep disorder, this is problematic. In fact, as of last week, I don’t have my license until I get these problems under control.
There are lots of good doctors in Providence. I don’t think there’s any need for you to drive all the way to Beth Israel, although if you want to Dr. Jean Matheson is the Chief of the Sleep Disorders Unit, (617) 667-3237.
That said, it didn’t take long to find you the name of a nationally recognized expert at Rhode Island Hospital: Dr. Richard Millman. His primary phone number appears to be: 401-444-3565. If that’s not it, call the main number and I’m sure they can direct you. He is in charge of the Sleep Disorders Unit.
I don’t know what Rhode Island Hospital’s policy is re: financing, but I think you should inquire about working out a payment plan. At the risk of sounding like your mother, you should also find a job that provides health insurance. I pay $730 a month. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Last year, I had several hospitalizations and untold doctor visits, xrays, catscans, MRIs, etc, etc. One hospitalization alone was over $20,000. I don’t want to get into the politics of health care. I just want to emphasize that as a practical matter you at least need to get some kind of simple HMO plan which can work if you stay on top of them.
FYI: I initially located Dr. Millman in
a 2005 article in the Providence Journal about a new pill for sleep disorders (fyi: if you haven’t gotten it, I’m not big on pills…there are other more effective treatments for true disorders). However, here are some quotes from the article about the seriousness of sleep disorders and why people shouldn’t let it go on too long.
“UNTREATED, INSOMNIA can be a scourge. “I’ve had patients pray to God to go to sleep,” Millman says.
Millman defines insomnia as “the inability to fall asleep initially, the inability to fall back asleep in the middle of the night, or a feeling that you’re just not getting a restorative sleep.” The daytime result is fatigue, tiredness, or memory or concentration problems.
According to Millman, numerous studies have shown that some 12 percent of the adult American population suffers from chronic insomnia—the inability to sleep several times a week. Intermittent insomnia, says Millman, affects up to 30 percent of adults in this country.
“We’re talking millions and millions of people,” Millman says. “It’s just huge, huge numbers.”
Insomnia takes a toll on more than its sufferers. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation and sleep disorders cost Americans more than $100 billion a year in medical expenses, sick leave, lost productivity, and property damage—car accidents caused by lack of sleep, for example.
Insomnia is not itself a disease but a symptom of something else, Millman says. Alcohol and drug abuse can cause it, as can anxiety and depression. Chronic pain can be at fault, and also the consumption of too much caffeine, nicotine, or fluids before bed. And there are other causes, including a disorder known as “restless leg syndrome” and disturbances in the body’s circadian rhythms that night workers may experience.”—from the Providence Journal, January 30, 2005, BY G. WAYNE MILLER, Journal Staff Writer
For complete information about Dr. Millman, you can go to: http://www.lifespan.org/rih/news/expert/millman.htm
(When you meet him you can give him one of your head scarves. LOL)
Good luck. Let me know how you make out or if you need more information. I’m a former investigative journalish and now that I’m somewhat disabled and housebound as a result of all this your question has made me feel useful. ;-)
P.S. Remember no more caffeine or alcohol before bed and cut back on it during the day, too. Ask your boss if you can go for a quick walk in the fresh air instead. Coffee and Red Bulls are only making things worse.
Thank you so much! Before your responses I had no idea that having a sleep disorder was even something that could adversely affect my long-term health. I will definitely utilize the information you’ve provided me. Thanks again!
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