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.