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  • The problem with narcolepsy

    Narcolepsy

    A condition that commonly causes sufferers to have an irresistible tendency to fall asleep at any time of day, often at inappropriate times such as eating or in the middle of a conversation. Read more →

  • Night Terrors

    Don’t panic - there’s no need to fetch the exorcist just yet - night terrors are nothing more sinister than an unusual form of parasomnia, a more well known form of which is sleepwalking. Read more →

  • Waking up to the problems of nocturnal enuresis (Photo courtsey of Kristian Thorjussen)

    Nocturnal Enuresis

    Bed-wetting in adults. Read more →

    Since I was young iv been told I sometimes grind me teeth in my sleep and never really had a big problem with this. But in the last year iv been told by my partner that it has become worse, most mornings I wake up with a very sore jaw. I am worried that its going to cause big problems in the future but what can I do as I do it in my sleep and cant stop it. Any ideas?





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    Hi. You need to go to the dentist and get a mouth guard. You will need to sleep with it every night. My wisdom teeth came through which meant my teeth moved and I couldn't afford another one. 1 year later went to the dentist with tooth pain and to get a new guard. About 4 fillings later followed by a crown from fracturing my molar from grinding $$$ very expensive lesson. I'm not sure where you live but in australia they'll set you back AUD500 which I had half of that refunded through Medicare and my private health insurance.

    My problem is with my snoring and tonsils, I just watch the show and saw the girl that had tonsil stone which i have but i have never seen the doctor over also i have been diagnosed with sleep apnoea. I think my tonsils are to big and are full of holes and take up a lot of my throat. The doctors say they have no affect over my sleep apnoea but i think it does. they have got bigger over the last few years and this seems to be when my apnoea started. I sleep on my stomach and i cannot get used to wearing the CPAP machine.I have been back to the doctors a few times but they just think its all down to my weight but i have been roughly the same weight all my adult life and only the last few years i have had the problems. I have always snored really back even when i was young but nothing was ever done about it. I drool bad at night to and its just getting me down now. It affects my relationship as my partner cannot sleep some nights. Am asking for your advice as my doctors are not doing much about this. Thanks kevin





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    I'm a 20 year old girl at University. I have been suffering with sleep problems for the last few years. For about two weeks to this date, I have not been able to sleep until 2am. I feel wide awake and if I wake up at 7am I feel wide awake, however, if I have a lie in or get a full nights sleep I actually feel more tired and feel like I've barely slept. I have really bad bags under my eyes. They are really purple and awful. I also have quite bad acne and have suffered with it for years. In February, I was given Duac once daily gel which I have now been using for 3 months and this has improved my skin slightly but not much. I just feel that my face looks horrible and it makes me feel ugly! I would love to just have a make-up free face. Please help!





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    I can not rite for your help pls help me

    Hi I'm Jess (age 21) and my Mum is obese. She has been obese for as long as I can remember. There is no reason for her weight, other than she eats too much and does little exercise. Her laziness and attitude to diet is driving me crazy. She is suffering from lots of health problems- joint problems, breathing problems. She even started snoring a few years ago, to the point where I can't even sleep in the same house as her. We went to disney this year- and I couldn't enjoy myself as her seatbelt wouldn't fasten on the plane and she struggled to fit on the rides. What can I do to help. When I say anything I just get attitude from her. Thanks





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    Hi Jess. I'm really sorry for your situation and the unfortunate thing is that as much as we can want people to change, they must want it too to do it fully themselves. Does your mum know how much you worry about her? Try and explain this to her without giving her a lecture, as I'm sure she is already beating herself up about her weight. I'm sure she wants to change but may not know how. Why don't you dry and get involved with her weight loss? the 2 of you could go to zumba class which could be really fun. Or ye could join weight watchers together. Whether you need to lose weight or not the healthy recipes will still benefit you. I hope this helps.x

    Hi just a few questions. I'm basically a ball of medical problems. Firstly I had really bad kidney infections sincethe age of 16 and I was told last year that I have interstitial cythisis but I also have some urgency problems. Iv come off all my meds and am Waiting on further treatment but could be waiting months. It's really painful lately and everything i experience that burning sensation. Is there anything you could suggest to help me? I also have really bad nausea. Out of nowhere I'll feel like vomiting. After I eat, before I eat. Even when I'm doing nothing at all I'll just get a sudden sickness and feel very bad. Iv had bad constipation all my life but it seems to be getting better as of late. But I stil might not go for 3 maybe 4 days sometimes. How do I sort all of this? I'm so tired lately and am Getting barely any sleep so that's not helping to my stomach and bladder problems.





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    i'm 39 year old female . my body and face become so hot and sweaty. also on a night i can not sleep without a fan blowing air directly at my face. i have a list of medical problems depression,high blood pressure,type 2 diabetes, skin problems, osteoarthritis in every joint growths on most of my finger joint and my right ankle .





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    HRT you will solve so many of your problems, but beware of your high blood pressure docs dont like giving hrt if you have this. If you are overweight go on a strict diet NOW. best way to help with your joint pain, skin problems and your depression. Start swimming everyday if you can. The docs gave me more and more pills, plus cbt therapy, but at the end of the day getting my weight down helped the most.I had most of the same problems as you. Sadly am now 59 and not allowed HRT anymore and i REALLY miss it! Good luck!

    I'm a 14 year old white-british female and i sleep a lot in he day. SOMETIMES at night i feel like i am tired but i am not at the same time, and sometimes cannot get to sleep until 5am-6am which is when i have to get up for school. In the daytime i feel sleepy, weather i got to sleep with ease the night before or not, and tend to sleep a lot. My social life is being ruined and i only have a few hours a day with my family. At first i thought it was narcolepsy but i reaserched and the symptoms are similar but not the same. Please could someone tell me whats wrong and how i can prevent it? All help is appreciated, thanks. :]





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    Hi millie, my 37 year old husband has Narcolepsy but we have learnt there are about 80 different types of sleep disorder. You should push your GP for a sleep test where you spend a night or two being monitored in hospital. Hope this helps

    Hi Im Millie aswell , i have had Narcolepsy since i was about 6 or 7 i used to find it really hard to get to sleep but then in the day i was really tired and even falling asleep at school in the day, i dont know exactly how i first got it but the doctors seem to think it was from a virus that attacked my immune system , i also have Cataplexy which is when I laugh my brain thinks its going to sleep , it is definitly worth going to your doctor as i am now on medication that helps with my condition a lot , without taking a lot of it , i am also on medication that helps with sleeping , anyway i hope this might have helped you xx :-)

    My question is somewhere between snoring, sleep apnoea, overweight and choking... Even when I was not overweight I occassionally had choking problems - especially when eating soft or stodgy bread or chicken breast. At the moment approximately every 2-3 months I will have an episode where wake up automatically because I am not able to breathe. I sleep on my stomach, and the only way I can describe the choking/coughing is its as if my lung has collapsed and it won't take in any air. At the time it is really scary and I panic trying to throw myself against a chair or something as a kind of heimlich manoeuvre. Somehow I manage to cough out a little, breathe out a little, and then I can start taking in air. In parallel my snoring has gotten louder (always snored a little bit, even when thin). I am having more choking episodes more easily. I am minus the 4 back teeth before the wisdom teeth, and I still have my tonsils if this makes any difference. Is all of this weight related, and do I have sleep apnoea?





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    Is it normal for sleep walkers/talkers to be fatigued all the time?? My fiance is a chronic sleep walker and talker and has been his whole life... he constantly compains that he is tired all the time which I think may have somethign to do with his sleep walking and talking... any help please??





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    Hi Karen I'm no expert or Doctor but I did post on here a few months ago regarding my own night terrors and I like to pop back every now and then to remind myself - its not just me! I thought I could easily answer your question with a simple yes! Even though he's 'asleep' he's kind of not, as far as I know you're in a mid state of sleep (if you get what I mean) if you read up about it on Google you will find a lot of us night terror people are always tired, same as your fiancé it seems. I think he's in the first stages of sleep (I can't remember what it's called sorry!) I kind of came on here looking for a cure. I've been to the Drs too - she said she would look into it and call me (she never did) she said she had never even heard of this problem before. So I can't advise you on how to help him and again the Internet isn't much use I have found and believe you me I have trawled through website after website without finding anything if any help. Just wanted to say that yes he's probably fatigued due to the sleep walking. I hope this helps! Lauren x

    Hiya when I'm a sleep I talk and sleep walk and I moan and scream and snore and when I walk up I don't no I done it I get told by my mum is they anything anyone can do about it because it annoys other people in the house.

    hi iam 37 with a 4 and 2 year old since ive had kids my sex drive has totally gone just want to sleep all the time and is causing problems between us when i do have sex to keep hmi happy it is sometimes uncomfortable is there anything i can take or do





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    when i eventually go to sleep i sleep for 3 hours at most and my body will jerk and bad nightmares that scare me so much i wake myself up and when trying to go back to sleep its same nightmare so i stay awake how get i get help as i have ask doctor for sleeping pills he says i cant give u them cos they are a class A drug i have had sleep problems since i was a little girl and im still suffering how can i get help for this





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    Do you recall any particular feelings prior to going out? During sex I'd say was more likely to be cataplexy? There's no set way narcolepsy works unfortunately & with myself, the sleep problems began last, after I'd had the other symptoms for some time especially sleep paralysis, which I'd been getting for a good few years, it'd be worth asking to be refered to a sleep clinic to ave the relevant tests done

    My partner snoring gets worse it keeps me up every night so i polity sleep on the sofa which i still can't sleep as it uncomfortable. Its brining me to the point of wanting to move out. Its way too much i suppose it doesn't help when my body needs extra sleep because of my own health problems. Tried a few things nothing seems to helping.





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    Hi im a girl and im 13 years old I have really bad problems with sleeping at night no matter what I do I cant got to sleep early and its always past 12am when I do go to sleep I just really want to know why this happens and how I could get to sleep early for once please.





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    I'm almost 17 and I suffer from bad sleeps. I rarely sleep the full night, it takes me forever to sleep but nothing helps push me to sleep. I have dark bags under my eyes, which sucks as I'm the only person I know with them. But I think the lack of sleep affects me more than I like to think. I suffer from extremely bad mood swings, I can go from one extreme mood to another. This causes me to lose control of myself and often can cause me to be deluded about my abilities. Also I think its partially the cause of my memory problems, there's large gaps of my day which I cant recall at all. The reason I think this is embarrassing is because my fatigue gets in the way of me doing activities because I'm just too tired. The bags age me in ways I don't want to be aged, and the mood swings (which I'm sure is related) can get in the way of my social life. I've tried loads of things and nothing has helped! I had these bad sleeping problems for so long that I can't even remember when it started.





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    In reply to Katie again, Thank you for replying back, and yes an email would be helpful thank you. I shou;d probably be able to afford an appointment. I was going to try and do it through my gp, but they are that useless that I wouldn't be surprised if the wouldn't do that for me! Where about are you from? I live on the Wirral, if you could let me know the specialist you see that would be good thank you. Likey ou say, it does wear you down. I used to manage on 8 hours sleep a night, and now I feel physically drained, I need so much sleep it's not normal. I now sleep on average about 14 hours a night. And I'm not just being lazy, I actually can't get up if I don't get the sleep and I've only been sleeping this much since the problems. But you're right it's just good to stay positive. It's good to hear that each bout you get isn't as bad as the last, this is really hopefull :]

    Hi my daughter has mild dyspraxia, she is 8 and was diagnosed age 6. We had similar sleep problems with her, she has used melotonin for the last 18 months. It has transformed our lives and stess levels. We use the lowest possible amount, she started with 1 mg in syrup form , but have needed to increase it as she has grown. She is now on 1.8 mg. we try every now and again to reduce the dose down, but she just wakes up, she wakes from time to time anyway and can't get back to sleep so we have to give her a bit more. The other improvement is that she is much less accident prone and wobbly during the day time, because she isn't so tiered and she is learning at school. She does however have lots of worries which I'm sure must also affect her sleep although we are not sure if she just tells us this as a reason for her sleep struggle! Hope this is helpful.

    I'm 41 now and have been suffering from sleep apnea for about 6yrs. When I was diagnosed they gave me a CPAP machine and had similar problems. They fitted a water chamber to the front of it which released moisture and stopped my tongue sticking. As for the other problem with the air presure, re-assessing your CPAP presure should hopefully sort that out. Get back to your doctors, because once they get it right you will sleep like a baby. You have my sincere and best regards, as i know how important a good nights sleep is.

    It just show's that there are many other people that go through the same problems! I too have been told I have MYOCLONIC DYSTOINA...Jerks and Tremmors...I'm now 48 and have other medical conditons too. I've tried many different meds for this and at the moment I'm on LEVETIRACETAM 1000mg twice a day for the jerks and also taking CLONAZEPAM 500micrograms 2 at night to help with the tremmors! I also take MST CONTINUS (MORPHINE) 60mg twice a day for the pain that I'm in due to D.D.D... Life might not get any better for me and loads of others with this condition but I try and take each day as it comes! I've also these past few months been unable to sleep...getting about 2 hours per night...I'm waiting for more tests...POLYSOMNOGRAPHY...to see if the lack of sleep is to do with my condtion...I've tried sleeping pills and nothing works for me. Just too all out there with this...don't let it get the better of you...I try my best to keep a smile on my face and don't worry what the world makes of me..people might look and stare...let them...you and only you know just what you are going through! Chin up all. :) If any of the doctors are reading these comments I'd love to hear what they think are causing the sleep problems!





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    hi, i'm 14 and every time i sleep at a friends house or have them over to sleep at my house, they always complain about my snoaring. my dad snores and drives me crazy when he falls asleep on the sofa, i hope this isn't what i'm going to be like! apparantly i snore really loud but i've never really had any problems with it. i wake up occasionally whilst sleeping, but i always put it down to being too cold or hearing a noise. i am now slightly worried that i might have sleep apnoea. if i ever manage to get a partner in the future, i wouldn't want to keep them awake with my snoaring. can you help???





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    I am on Testogel 5mg sachets which I apply each morning but I still have problems ! admittedly I have not been on it very long. although this is my second try at this product, I have also had Sustanon 250 via injections which did not improve many of my symtoms, I have sleep problems, anxiety issues, and a comtinual burning in the groin , lower legs and soles of my feet , I do not think that lack of Testosterone alone is causing my health problems





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    hi snoring is not only caused by over weight it is partley as you cant breath when u go to sleep as well that is dangerous. you might have the sleep apnia because i have these same problems when i went to se my doctor i was sent to hospital for check up and i have been told i have sleep apnia for this they have give me a machine to help me fall asleep. this machine just help to breath air while i am sleeping. you have a whole nose and mouth mask or a nasel mask and you connect that to the machine which helps you to breath the air so you can sleep at night so u dont stop breathing at night while sleeping. you can help ur self by losing a bit weight. You really need to see your GP explian everything and they will sorted out for you . take care

    I'm not sure if I'm correct but it could be the way you sleep. I fall into sleep paralysis sometimes, I'm not sure if you know what that is but it's when you are dreaming while being awake kind of like hilucinating and this happens when you sleep on your back so maybe if you change the position you sleep in to a more comfortable relaxing one it will slim your episodes of night terrors.

    I am 38 years old and I am not sure what is going on with me. For the past 6 month or so I have episodes in my sleep where I wake up yelling for my husband to help me then I swallow a lot but I don't remember any of it ever.. but I can tell when I've had them because I am tired the next day..I've been to several doctors they say its anxiety or a panic attack .. I went for a sleep test they said I have a little bit of sleep apnea I had an attack while I was at the sleep clinic they said it happend in the realm of sleep where you start to dream but I don't remember it ever.. I feel funny almost every day. . I just want to be me again... :(





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    I was diagnosed with Scoliosis when I was 18 years old. Nothing was done. Just told to stand up straight. I am now 66 years old. My curvature is 55 degrees and I have many pains, especially in my feet (mainly in one foot) as well as muscular pain when walking, standing and bending. I have not been able to sleep on either of my sides for many years. This has got gradually worse in the last 8 years. I've been given Amitriptyline Hydrochloride 25 mg to help me sleep. I still wake at times with pain depending on what physical activities I,ve been doing. I've also been given Co-Codamol tablets to take when necessary. These do help. I have lost 3 and half inches in height and am very hunched over. My concern is my posture as I get older. I have read that in later years complications and problems with heart and lungs and incontinence could occur. What can I do to avoid these problems please? Many thanks.





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    My partner is 31 years of age, he is not overweight, eats healthily and is very fit, however i think he may have sleep apnia, when he falls asleep he stops breathing for a few seconds then starts snoring again, it disrupts his sleep (and also mine) however we do not know what to do about it or how to help prevent it, i have read recently that people with these kind of sleeping patterns can develop heart problems, can you please give us any advice.





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    I had a full hysterectomy at the age of 24 nd i have tryed a few different hrt treatments nd i find it dnt agree with me. I am now 29 and sex with my husband is very painful nd i find it hard to enjoy it. Can anyone help me by giving me a few tips plz... along with that problem i have a sleep disorder nd only get between 3&5 hours sleep a night nd having 3 children between the ages 9 nd 5 this is really a huge struggle are these two problems linked nd is there anything i can do to help resolve this as i dnt like to take sleeping tablets xx





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    I have problems sleeping, but i dont think they are sleep terrors as I know what im doing and i remember everything. im 21 and my mum says iv always had an active mind because she use to hear me having conversations in my sleep but in the past 2 years when iv had an exciting day or night i think my brain doesnt switch off when i go to bed so for instance when i start a new job i feel myself continueing my work in my sleep. i worked for an airline before and found myself checking people in for their flight in my sleep, i work in a bar and find myself making drinks in my sleep. i never leave my bed, and i only realise that im not at work after several minutes of moving about. it can happen many times in a night and leaves me waking up very tired, which is not good when starting a new job. iv tried everything to help switch my brain off before going to bed but nothing works. it doesnt effect me every night, only when im doing something unusual or exciting. after a night out i find myself imagining that all my friends are in my room, so i have to always wear cloths before going to bed or i feel worried that people are laughing at me for being naked. this isnt a normal case of sleep walking because i am aware of what im doing i just cant stop it happening. does any1 know of a simualar case??





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    hi, i`ve got a 2yr old boy how has never the whole night since he was born, on a good night he wakes 1 or 2 times, on a bad night it could be up to 10 times, he wakes up crying and walks into my room, then he just goes back to his room with me and goes back to sleep, im not sure if he`s awake most of the time, as i just try to settle back to his bed as quickly as i can, i`ve got a 16yr old daughter and a 13yr old son, both of them have never had sleep problems like this, i`ve spoke to my doctor but he cant realy help me, i`ve tryed all sorts of different ways to put him to bed, but nothing seems to help, please can you help, im a 41 yr old mum that realy needs to sleep, many thanks, donna,





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    Hi Donna I don't have any answers but I also am 41 with a 2yr old who also has not slept a full night since she was born, same thing goes to bed fine and returns to sleep quickly once I turn her over and she is diffinetly having bad dreams and crys or whines several times a night I have a 17yr old lad and a 15yr old daughter my son often laughted in his sleep but my daughter had bad dreams/night mares when she was younger I taught it was related to her dad and I seperating, she seems to have grown out of them and I have had night mares and at time terrors since I was a child and now that our happy little one is experiencing bad dreams all my theories for their causes don't seem so valid.

    Hi, I'm going to say that it sounds like it could possibly be a symptom of depression (but you'll need to go to your GP to get this checked properly). However, I have a similar problem known as delayed sleep syndrome: I do not get to sleep until around 5-7 am daily and this is my natural sleep pattern. My neurologist told me that I have one of the worst cases ever recorded and am currently being put under study. I am also allergic to melatonin and will not wake up until about 3-4 pm if I sleep at all (I tend to go days without sleep, my longest being 6 nights). I have also been told that I have a deranged sleep pattern - this could apply to you too I guess? It is a serious condition that you should probably look into getting checked as well. You could also be suffering from anxiety. I know this response is over a year late but I thought it would be useful to others.

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