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Posted by Mike on October 18, 1998 at 00:10:29:

As a child I suffered from bedwetting and night terrors. As an adult, I suffer from a stiff jaw every morning and have been on medications to treat a heart arrhythmia for the past 2 years. My entire life I have been a LOUD snorer and while I have never had problems sleeping through the night, I have never, EVER felt rested after a full night’s sleep and I am always tired.

From what I've learned recently, there appears to be a combination of possible factors at work here, including apnea and bruxism, but what I don't understand is this business about "excessive stage 4 sleep" which is apparently the cause of enuresis and night terrors.

Is there such a thing as excessive stage 4 sleep?
If so, what are to symptoms that an adult who has grown out of bedwetting and night terrors might notice?
What can be done about it?

There seems to be be very little information about this that I have been able to find and even though my cardiologist has recommended a sleep study, I'm really hesitant to spend all that money (no insurance, folks!) on something that might not even measure the one area that might be of most importance, i.e. the stage 4 business.

Does anybody here have any information that might be helpful?

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