Posted by sleepy and distracted on June 29, 2007 at 11:15:25:
I recently had a sleep study in at the urging of my husband and because I was recently diagnosed with ADHD and found a number of references to sleep issues causing it. The result was mild to moderate sleep apnea. I average 8 arousals per hour but they occur mostly when I am in rem sleep
(up to 15 per hour during rem). I stop breathing for 30 to 90 seconds at a time.
So I got a RemMasterPro M series cpap and a Respironics comfort gel nose mask. I kept it on for about 3 hours the first night and slept through the whole night every night after that. I think I would have slept through the whole day too if it wasn't for alarm clocks. I have always been groggy and hard to wake up in the morning but with the cpap it was 5 times as bad. Sometimes after a full night's sleep I would wake part way and be unable to completely wake up. I couldn't form the words to speak and couldn't figure out how to sit up. At first I felt like I had a little more energy during the day but that dropped off after the first week. Every day it got harder and harder to wake up. I called my doc and made an appointment after 2 weeks of this. I realized that I had started a new ADHD drug just a week before the CPAP so I stopped using the cpap to see if I was groggy in the morning from the drug. I went back to my usual (life long) level of morning grogginess. After 2 weeks of just Adderall (10mg twice a day) I tried the CPAP again. It was a Friday night and I didn't set an alarm. My husband woke me up after 8.5 hours of sleep and it took over 20 minutes for me to get to the point that I could speak. I was incredibly tired all that day. I felt as if I had slept 3 or 4 hours.
I saw my sleep doctor on Tuesday and he said that he had never heard of a CPAP making anyone more tired than before. He said that I should try it again for a month. I haven't used it yet because I haven't had a day when I could afford to be extra tired all day.
Other possibly relevant facts:
weight 265 (down from 295 in November 06- not dieting, just hiking and doing yoga)
Irritable Bowl Syndrome from age 19 to 33- treated successfully with acupuncture (the available drugs made it worse)
Insomnia since age 6- much improved in the past few years (since acupuncture)
Insomnia has been completely gone since January (I have learned to stop it when it hits)
I was told that I snored as a teenager and I was told that I snored really badly at age 20 (weight 165)
I have always had trouble waking up.
I could go to sleep at almost any time during the day, any day. I try not to because after naps I always feel awful for the rest of the day.
I would appreciate any suggestions that you have.
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