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Husband not able to sleep thru entire night. What should he do. He's 45yrs.

Husband not able to sleep thru entire night. What should he do. He's 45yrs.

Can't sleep: Talk to your doctor about this & see if you need assessed for secondary insomnia (insomnia due to other organic or psychological factors) which can be treated. Meanwhile you can try the sleep hygeine techniques. ...Read more

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My husband has been overworked and not sleeping enough for many years. Last night he got very cold suddenly. What caused this?

My husband has been overworked and not sleeping enough for many years. Last night he got very cold suddenly. What caused this?

Many causes: Temperature-related symptoms such as coldness are secondary to changes affecting the sympathetic-parasympathetic reflex mechanism. Information you gave of overworked and not sleeping suggest an overstressed condition which generally result in tachycardia and sweating from sympathetic responses. Being cold can be from bradycardia and constriction of integumental arteries to divert blood to viscera. ...Read more

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Why does my husband sweat at night while sleeping?

Why does my husband sweat at night while sleeping?

Sweaty sleeper: Is he otherwise a good sleeper? Does he snore, gasp or move around during sleep? If yes, sweating may reflect a sleep disorder. Otherwise, the normal fall in body temperature during sleep may be impeded by over-insulation with too many blankets, comforters, or a sleeping room temperature that’s too high. These processes differ between men and women. Try letting him set the thermostat ;-) ...Read more

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Husband gets hot as soon as he hits the bed I have been with my husband for 6 years. We used to 'snuggle' and fall asleep right away and usually sleep through the night holding on to each other in some fashion. The last several years as soon as my husband

Husband gets hot as soon as he hits the bed I have been with my husband for 6 years. We used to 'snuggle' and fall asleep right away and usually sleep through the night holding on to each other in some fashion. The last several years as soon as my husband

Excessive: Excessive sweating and/or increased temperature at night can be caused by many things. Your husband could be suffering from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating, no known cause) an infectious process may be going on (lung, autoimmune etc.), some types of cancer can result in this (i.e. Lyphoma), certain medications (some antidepressants, steroids etc.) hormone disorders (thyroid disease etc.), low blood sugar, the list can go on, but I will stop here and encourage your husband to go to his primary care provider and have a detailed history and physical. If there are any underlying issues, hopefully they will be found and treated.
Good luck. ...Read more

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My arm fell asleep while my husband drove us home last night. Its been 12 hours and its still asleep. I didn't sleep on it weird. Is it normal?

My arm fell asleep while my husband drove us home last night. Its been 12 hours and its still asleep. I didn't sleep on it weird. Is it normal?

Arm falling asleep: 12 hours is definitely a long time to regain normal feeling to the arm. What do you mean exactly by "falling asleep." Does your arm feel numb? Pins/needles? Weakness?, does the arm feel colder? Any swelling when compared to the other arm? If that is the case you should go see a doctor. He/she should check your pulses and possibly do an ultrasound to evaluate for a venous clot (DVT). ...Read more

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My husband has Afib. Test show he often has it during sleep at night and he can't get back to sleep. Would melatonin be OK to take?

My husband has Afib. Test show he often has it during sleep at night and he can't get back to sleep. Would melatonin be OK to take?

There is: Effective treatment for this arrhythmia and a reason for it should be sought! That being said Melatonin is
safe although it's effectiveness varies from person to person!

Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Why did my husband wet the bed last night? He said he was peeing in hi dream but didn't feel the need to pee in his sleep. This is not the first time

Why did my husband wet the bed last night? He said he was peeing in hi dream but didn't feel the need to pee in his sleep. This is not the first time

Enuresis: Enuresis, or bed wetting, can occur not only in young children, but may persist into adulthood in a small % of adults, esp those who are deep sleepers. There are medications and visualization techniques to treat. See if his doctor can help or suggest a referral. Type of dr that might help: pediatrician, family med, internist, urologist. Be supportive and loving. ...Read more

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My husband woke me last night because I was shaking in my sleep, I'm not aware of it and it isn't just my legs. Have 3 month old, T1D controlled?

My husband woke me last night because I was shaking in my sleep, I'm not aware of it and it isn't just my legs. Have 3 month old, T1D controlled?

Worrisome: Did you test your glucose? This is a worrisome event that deserves an evaluation as soon as practical. Have your hubby monitor you some tonight and get in tomorrow for an exam and testing. ...Read more

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My husband has Parkinson's. At night he will sleep in his chair but then can't wake up. He acts very confused. If I talk to him he will not respond.?

My husband has Parkinson's. At night he will sleep in his chair but then can't wake up. He acts very confused. If I talk to him he will not respond.?

Sleep confusion: 65 F US:
My husband has Parkinson's. At night he will sleep in his chair but then can't wake up. He acts very confused. If I talk to him he will not respond.? ANS: This is a complex problem and you need to make notes, take a video with your phone or have others do this and take to your next Dr. Visit and discuss. ...Read more

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My husband's nose is constantly stuffed up and he can hardly sleep at night. What can we do? His nose sometimes gets a bit clearer, but it's often stuffed up. He can't breathe through his nose at night and that means he doesn't sleep well because he snore

My husband's nose is constantly stuffed up and he can hardly sleep at night. What can we do? His nose sometimes gets a bit clearer, but it's often stuffed up. He can't breathe through his nose at night and that means he doesn't sleep well because he snore

I: I would recommend that you see your local primary care provider, allergist or ENT provider. There are many reasons for having a stuffy nose (allergies, cold/sinus infection, polyps, deviated septum etc). Saline irrigations, decongestants (oral and nasal), antihistamines are over-the-counter products that can be tried. ...Read more

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At night Sometimes my husband has a tightness in his throat and can't sleep. It usually goes away after a bit & Sleeps. What is this? Causes it?

At night Sometimes my husband has a tightness in his throat and can't sleep. It usually goes away after a bit & Sleeps. What is this? Causes it?

My recommendation: Is that your husband arrange for a Virtual Visit with one of our doctors. Too many questions we would need to ask before diagnosing or recommending a treatment or follow up plan. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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My husband snores all night every night. He has been to a gp, ENT and had a sleep study with no solution what should we try? Nose strips don't work.

My husband snores all night every night. He has been to a gp, ENT and had a sleep study with no solution what should we try? Nose strips don't work.

Dental evaluation: Best to see a dentist who works with snoring appliances or research "nightlase" dental laser snoring reduction. We are training providers in many states ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband had a sleep study done last night to determine if he has sleep apnea?

What do you suggest if my husband had a sleep study done last night to determine if he has sleep apnea?

Get the results: Hi. I would suggest nothing without the results of the sleep study! Is he obese? Regardless of sleep study results, we can recommend healthy lifestyle with healthy diet, regular exercise, and no smoking. If he has sleep apnea, they will recommend auto-PAP or whatever CPAP they're using, if indicated. Good luck to him! ...Read more

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.Every night while my husband is sleeping he will suddenly start to cough as if be was choked. By his saliva?

.Every night while my husband is sleeping he will suddenly start to cough as if be was choked. By his saliva?

See below: The coughing could be due to acid reflux, due to gasping/choking episodes associated with sleep apnea, or symptoms of something else entirely. If he wakes up with morning headaches and has daytime sleepiness, a sleep medicine doctor evaluation may be recommended. Otherwise, he can see his pcp for his cough at night. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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My husband aged 43 has emphysema. He always seems to be coughing and is not sleeping very well at night. Is this normal for someone with emphysema?

My husband aged 43 has emphysema. He always seems to be coughing and is not sleeping very well at night. Is this normal for someone with emphysema?

COPD: All those things are common with emphysema. The worse the problem the worse the symptoms. Should discuss with his dr. What the expectations and treatments are. ...Read more

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Myson is 1 year &1 month old he wakes up at night &wants to sleep in our bed. I am afraid because me and husband have sex in this bed usually. How bad?

Myson is 1 year &1 month old he wakes up at night &wants to sleep in our bed. I am afraid because me and husband have sex in this bed usually. How bad?

Sleeping with parent: It sends the wrong message to your infant. Your body language is telling him your bed is the only safe and best place to sleep.Your response for him is to keep him in his bed and not give much attention to crying at night. I know it is difficult but very important to send the right message. ...Read more

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I startle and jerk all through the night in my sleep. It wakes me sometimes and disturbs my husband. Could it be a side effect of effexor (venlafaxine)?

I startle and jerk all through the night in my sleep. It wakes me sometimes and disturbs my husband. Could it be a side effect of effexor (venlafaxine)?

NIghttime jerking: In the clinical trials with effexor, (venlafaxine) a small group (1%-3%) of patients had twitching muscles. Some (5%) had tremor. Some also had hyper-reflexia and CNS stimulation -- which could possibly contribute to what you're experiencing. Did you have a strong startle reflex before starting the medicine? If you're dreaming intensely, this could be affecting things also. Talk with your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Husband had 5 sinus pauses in a night, some 6 seconds. I believe due to sleep apnea. Will get sleep study. Is this an immediate health danger?

Husband had 5 sinus pauses in a night, some 6 seconds. I believe due to sleep apnea. Will get sleep study. Is this an immediate health danger?

Dangerous: With your husbands history alone pauses of the heart are dangerous. If he is truly having 6 second pauses of the heart beat this is very dangerous. This could represent a condition called alcoholic cardiomyopathy. Your husband should be seen by a cardiologist immediately. If the thought is he has sleep apnea this needs urgent eval. It sounds like your husband needs a pacemaker. May need hospital. ...Read more

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My husband has upper back pain, pain in the chest and a bit in both of his arm pits it only happens at night 2 hours into his sleep.

My husband has upper back pain, pain in the chest and a bit in both of his arm pits it only happens at night 2 hours into his sleep.

Could be his: Sleeping position or from the mattress if it is old not supporting his back. If the back is not supported it can hurt into the armpits and around into the front of the chest all the way around to the middle. Have him try a different sleeping position for certain. If that does not help have him see a doctor for evaluation of his upper spine. But I would bet on the sleeping position or the mattress. ...Read more

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My husband is 40 and he sweats a lot at night and it smells terrible. Blood work shows all is ok. We keep the temp down and sleep with a fan. Help!

Still too hot: It may be that the room temperature is still too warm at night. Our bodies temperature drops a bit at night and sweating is one way it does that. Otherwise a consultation with a sleep physician may be appropriate. ...Read more

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What are the hazards of sleep depravation? My husband only gets about 3-5 hours of sleep a night. He is very short tempered now and seems to have anger issues. Could this be attributed to his lack of sleep?

What are the hazards of sleep depravation? My husband only gets about 3-5 hours of sleep a night. He is very short tempered now and seems to have anger issues. Could this be attributed to his lack of sleep?

Yes...failure: Yes...Failure to obtain adequate rem sleep deprives the body of its ability to "recharge" itself. Lack of sleep can lead to many physiological (high blood pressure, heart disease) and psychological (irritability) will result. Suggest you consult with a sleep specialist for a consultation and possible sleep study to determine why this problem is occurring. Most major hospitals have a sleep specialists. ...Read more

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My husband busted the middle of his bottom lip and It will not heal. It has been a few weeks now and he is keeping It moist but having no results. It busts open badly at night while sleeping. Is there something we can do to help it? Would liquid bandage b

My husband busted the middle of his bottom lip and It will not heal. It has been a few weeks now and he is keeping It moist but having no results. It busts open badly at night while sleeping. Is there something we can do to help it? Would liquid bandage b

Opening externally?: I assume the opening is on the outer lip? Well to late to suture or glue. Try pulling the edges together and see if you can band aide. Perhaps to much moisturizing. What are you using? Try to let it heal without any lubrication Just perhaps a touch of antibiotic ointment at night. ...Read more

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My husband suffers from restless legs syndrome what can you recommend for a good night's sleep?

My husband suffers from restless legs syndrome what can you recommend for a good night's sleep?

See a specialist: Rls can be debilitation for some. It can affect just the legs or even arms and trunk. It primarily occurs at night and with inactivity, is temporarily improved with movement and accompanied by an urge to move. If mild, common tips are to avoid nicotine, caffeine, and insufficient sleep. Some people with RLS have low levels of iron. See a specialist for thorough evaluation if concerned. ...Read more

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What are signs that alcoholism is having effects on the body my husband can not sleep at night with out being buzzed. He used to drink about an 18 pack every couple days to a day. He now for the last year or two drinks a 30 pack everyday to two days. I tr

What are signs that alcoholism is having effects on the body my husband can not sleep at night with out being buzzed. He used to drink about an 18 pack every couple days to a day. He now for the last year or two drinks a 30 pack everyday to two days. I tr

He: He does have a problem. His body has developed tolerance to alcohol. Over time, it has taken more alcohol to have the same impact, which is why he is now drinking more. My guess is that he spends a lot of time drinking, getting drinks or sleeping it off. Alcohol is the number one reason for isomnia in this country. Kind of ironic, since so many people use if to fall asleep. What I recommend is that you look into a group called "alanon", it is for people who have loved ones that are alcholic. It will provide you with support, knowledge and improved coping skills. You can find it in the yellow pages. Take care. ...Read more

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