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Old 10-21-2007, 10:14 AM   #1
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falling asleep all the time

my husband always falls asleep. it's almost as soon as he sits down or stops doing anything or concentrating on something he falls asleep. When I wake him up, it's as if he has been in a deep sleep and he can't wake himself up properly. He says that he is not tired but as soon as he sits down he falls asleep. He doesnt want to fall asleep, it's as it he has taken sleeping tablets and can't wake himself up. He can fall asleep during a conversation or in a middle of a very noisy room.

Can you help with any information which may be causing this or something that would help to stop him falling asleep all the time.

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Tina

 
Old 10-22-2007, 08:46 AM   #2
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Re: falling asleep all the time

Your husband's symptoms sounds very much like narcolepsy. My husband also falls asleep anywhere at anytime but he was diagnosed with sleep apnea which your husband could also have. He recently slept through a root canal! It would be good if he tells his doc about this so that he can get help. My husband does not fall asleep as much during the day now that he sleeps with a Cpap machine. This helps him get more oxygen when he stops breathing through the night. He is more rested the next morning after having slept with the mask.

Good Luck Tina!

 
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Re: falling asleep all the time

I strongly recommend you get him to see a sleep specialist.. this could be severe sleep deprivation due to hypopnea or obstructive sleep apnea.. or as the other poster mentioned narcolepsy. I am leaning more toward the hypopnea or sleep apnea.. 1) because they are more common.. 2) because these sleeping events happen when he gets still.

In the case of Narcolepsy.. they would happen at anytime. Walking down the street.. standing in line... you just shut down.. your husband is doing this when he is sedentary.

In either case this is serious.. what if he does it driving? He is a danger to himself and others if this occurs.

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