While we cannot provide medical advice or a diagnosis, you might want to look through this information on period limb movement disorder. "The movements typically involve the legs, but upper extremity movements may also occur. Movements occur periodically throughout the night and can fluctuate in severity from one night to the next. They tend to cluster in episodes that last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours." The article also provides some treatment options (like exercise and relaxation techniques) that you might consider trying. Please let us know how you both are doing!View Thread
Seeing a doctor about your inability to sleep is definitely a good idea. You will want to rule out any underlying medical conditions, not to mention not sleeping can take quite a toll on your health. Here is some information on insomnia that includes possible causes (like significant stress, certain medications, etc) that you might consider. You might try some of the things mentioned in this article (relaxation techniques, exercise, yoga, practicing good sleep habits, etc) to help you sleep while you wait to see a doctor. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
While we cannot give medical advice or a diagnosis here, you might want to look over this information on periodic limb movement disorder. Many people with PLMD have movement in their sleep (usually in the legs) and bed partners are normally the first to notice. Your boyfriend's doctor may be able to diagnose him with a medical and sleep history and a physical exam. The bottom of the article in the link above has some treatment options you might try, including regular exercise and relaxation techniques. If you are really concerned about his health, speaking with a medical doctor to rule out any medical conditions would be a good idea. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
While we cannot give medical advice or a diagnosis here, you may want to take a look at this information on sleep paralysis -- "a feeling of being conscious but unable to move". The article provides some treatment options you might consider, but if this is disrupting your sleep nightly, it may be a good idea to speak with your doctor or a sleep specialist to determine what may be causing this and the best course of action to take. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
I can definitely see how this would be disrupting your relationship, as well as your sleep cycle! While we can't give medical advice or a diagnosis, you may want to look through this information on REM Sleep Behavior Disorder -- The above link says that "some people with REM sleep behavior disorder thrash around violently or punch or hit their bedmate." There is information on on diagnosis as well as an article on living with REM sleep behavior disorder that includes some home treatments you might try. It might also be a good idea to see a sleep specialist for proper diagnosis. Please let us know how you are doing!
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!