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Old 02-10-2008, 03:59 AM   #1
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Bad Sleep Patterns / Early Childhood Sleeping Pill OD

I'm trying to find information for my girlfriend on a couple of topics. She has suffered from chronic sleep problems for most of her life. She can sleep 10-15 hours a day and still not feel rested. A normal 8-hour sleep does absolutely nothing for her. This of course impacts many aspects of her life.

She did go to her family doctor with this a number of times as a teenager. He had thyroid tests, blood tests, etc. but never came back with anything. Keep in mind this is a small town GP not a sleep specialist.

One thing I do know is that when she was a child (2-3 years old) she got into a bottle of some kind of sleeping pills and overdosed. She had to be taken to the hospital and was there for somewhere between days and a week. Nobody in the family dicusses it much. I had thought that kind of experience could have something to do with her sleep patterns being off.

So question 1 - Does anyone know anything about sleeping pill overdoses and later problems with sleep?

And I guess question #2 is - What other things should I look up, or should we bring to the doctor's attention, to try and help figure out how her quality of life can be improved?

I believe this is the #1 problem that she has in her life that, if resolved, could really help her in so many ways.

Any info is appreciated.

 
Old 02-10-2008, 10:26 AM   #2
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Re: Bad Sleep Patterns / Early Childhood Sleeping Pill OD

Although I don't know, I doubt very much that the sleeping pill overdose has anything to do with her sleep history! I suspect she most likely has some form of sleeping disorder, probably sleep apnea as it is very common (about as common as diabetes).

I would encourage you both to do some reading about sleep apnea (obstructive, central, and mixed)....there are also "self tests" that you can take to id some of the symptoms. I would also encourage you both to keep a sleep diary which may reveal a pattern in her sleep (many sleep specialists require that you do this before the appointment as it can be an important diagnosis tool.)

Once she's done these things, she'll have the info she needs to get a referral to a sleep specialist, if one is needed. Don't rely on the physician to automatically refer...many docs, as you are finding out, are not versed with sleep problems. Do your homework, bring in with the documentation, and tell the doctor what you are thinking and why you are thinking it...for insurance purposes, you'll probably need to get the referral from her primary doctor.

Good luck!

Bethsheba

 
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