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A 30-year-old male asked:

Is it bad if i wake up 4-5 times per night if i can then fall back asleep? if it's not apnea, what are likely disorders, or could this be ok?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Murray Grossan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 74 years experience
Waking up?: Waking up 4x a night might be a sleep disorder. Are you tired next day? Are you gaining weight or losing weight? Do you fall asleep during the day? Are you successful on your job or are yoi dragging? If it is due to a sleep disorder, you can be tested and correctly diagnosed and treated. You can find sleep specialists in San Francisco.
Dr. Linda Kondilis
Clinical Psychology 10 years experience
Insomnia: Some possibilities include insomnia, parasomnia and restless leg syndrome. Insomnia can be related to unhealthy sleep habits and/or anxiety. If you would like professional help for rule outs, check out your local sleep center. http://www.ucsfhealth.org/clinics/sleep_disorders_center/
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 34 years experience
Bad? Maybe. Check!: Waking up 4-5 times a night (if not to urinate) can be sleep apnea, a lesser form of that, restless legs, an unusual sleep pattern, disturbances outside your bed, bed partners' talk or movement, pets, allergies, stress, anxiety, and a whole host of things that could come from any part of your body. See a sleep professional for a sleep study to check it out. Good luck!
Last updated Oct 4, 2016


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