It can take a little while for you to adjust to using your cpap and mild discomfort when you wake up in the morning is fairly common (i.e. the dry mouth that you describe -- excessive dreaming at the start of cpap use is also listed as a side effect). But since it has been 2 weeks since starting cpap and it doesn't seem to be getting any better, it may be a good idea to speak with your doctor. You may be able to try a different kind of mask, or your doctor may be able to make some adjustments to your machine to make your sleep more restful and the side effects you are experiencing less pronounced. This article has some good tips on how to relieve side effects that you might want to try. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
There is a sleep disorder called sexsomnia (or sleep sex). It is not very common, but it is a real disorder in which the sufferer "can seem fully awake and aware, even as he or she is masturbating, or fondling, initiating intercourse with, or even sexually assaulting a bed partner. But he or she truly is asleep." Here is an article on sexsomnia as well as a blog from our sleep expert.
The above article offers some treatment options, but I think that it would be best to have your husband see a sleep specialist for diagnosis and treatment options. This is obviously effecting your marriage and it is important that you get this resolved, not only for your relationship but for your safety and peace of mind as well. Please let us know how you are doing!
It may just be that you are not getting the adequate amount of sleep. Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night to wake up feeling refreshed. If you need to get up at 4 am, you may simply need to go to sleep a little earlier. Finding the amount of time that helps you to feel refreshed (and then sticking to that sleep/wake schedule no matter the day) will hopefully help you to get up without problem and function throughout the day without the need for naps.
It could be that the naps you are taking are disrupting your sleep cycle as well. Here is some information on how to develop a sleep routine that will help you improve the quality of your sleep. Please let us know how you are doing!
This overview on parasomnias may help you narrow down what is causing you to physically act out your dreams. One possibility mentioned is REM Sleep Behavior Disorder in which causes people to act out dramatic and/or violent dreams during REM sleep and can include punching, kicking, flailing, etc. It would be best that you consult your doctor or a sleep specialist to determine what is causing your symptoms and suggest any necessary treatment options so that you and your husband can get proper rest. Please let us know how you are doing!
I understand exactly what you are experiencing with your mother. My grandmother has alzheimer's and is also extremely restless at night. While she doesn't frequently get up believing she needs to go to the bathroom, she often roams the house or stands at the foot of the bed. She gets out of bed to investigate small noises and is generally restless as it gets dark. We have found that keeping the house well lit as nighttime hours grow closer and keeping her active during the day helps her to sleep better at night.
Have you spoken with your mother's doctor about her inability to sleep? He/She may have a better idea of how yo specifically help your mother as many different factors can cause sundowning and sleep disturbances. This article from the National Alzheimer's Association has some good tips that you might try to help your mom sleep easier.
You may also find some good support and advice in our Alzheimer's Community , where there are a number of family members who are caring for loved one's with Alzheimer's who are very helpful as well as a WebMD expert. Please let us know how you and your mother are doing!
Have you spoken with your doctor about your extended periods of sleep? It is important that you first rule out any underlying medical conditions that could be causing you to oversleep and that could be remedied with the help of a medical professional. This article has some more information.
It could very well be that you just don't have good "sleep hygiene." A consistent sleep routine is important to help you function during the day and to make sure that you get the best sleep possible. Setting the same bedtime and waketime daily could help you get in the groove of waking up earlier (I know that if I had no alarm set there are days when I could definitely sleep well past my usual waketime). Here is some good information on establishing a good sleep routine.
You say that you stay up into the early morning hours, which could be the root of your problem. Try going to bed earlier and setting an alarm for between 7 and 9 hours after you go to sleep. Even though you are sleeping a long time now, it may be fragmented or fitful sleep and sleeping less could actually help you sleep better. Please let us know how you are doing!
Have you spoken with a doctor about your symptoms? There are many things that could be causing these coughing attacks. GERD can cause coughing and choking while sleeping or attempting to sleep. Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea occurs with waking up coughing and/or wheezing, having a rapid heart rate, and the feeling of being suffocated, and should be evaluated by a doctor asap. Because your symptoms involve problems with breathing, it would be a good idea to get an evaluation by a doctor to make sure that no medical attention is needed. Please let us know how you are doing!