I am sorry to hear about your ongoing and worsening sleep problems. I would encourage you to see another sleep disorders expert and get re-evaluated. I know you felt like the first one you saw didn't help you, but from my own experience, I have had to get second opinions several times. Despite the frustration and expense, I was always glad that I did. You may also want to consult with a pain management specialist as well.
Based on what you've shared with us above, I have a couple of articles that may be helpful:
Hello and welcome! Since you say this is "really becoming an issue" have you asked your husband see a sleep expert to get evaluated? You mention that it became worse since he became a police officer, so that seems like an important thing to mention to the expert.
Here are a couple of articles that may be of interest based upon the information you've share with us:
Parasomnias "are disruptive sleep-related disorders that can occur during arousals from REM sleep or partial arousals from Non-REM sleep. Parasomnias include nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking, confusional arousals and many others."
I hope any of our members who have gone through this with their own spouse will share their story with you, too.
I know Pixe5 suggested you check out the fibromyalgia community in that other thread, and I posted a link. Just in case you didn't see it, let me give it to you again: Fibromyalgia Community . The doctor there may be able to answer your question.
I have fibromyalgia myself and I do not have narcolepsy, however that certainly does not mean you could not have both.
Making a Few Changes around your bedroom may be the answer for better sleep. Dr. Breus shares with us, "Most of us grew up listening to our parents tell us to straighten up our room and make the bed. I'm sure I am not the only one who wondered why it was so important to make the bed — especially because it was just going to be unmade again that night! To be honest, some of us may still feel that way.
"It turns out that, like many things, mom and dad may have been right about this one. A recent article suggests that a clean room could lead to a better night's sleep." Follow the link to read the entire blog and learn more about making your bedroom sleep-friendly.
Let us know if you try some of these tips and have better sleep. I know my own bedroom is pretty much following these suggestions.
It sounds like there's not much you can do if his parents don't see a problem with his food hoarding and waking. It certainly sounds like your idea to have him evaluated makes sense, and I sure hope you're able to get through to his parents.
I am sorry to hear of these shocks you feel. Unfortunately, the only way to treat it is by going to see a doctor. Even if you have to save money for weeks or months, it sounds to me like it would be worthwhile because you say it has "ruined my life."
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