Ok, so my husband and I have a two-fold problem and I hope what I type makes sense. My husband has sleep apnea and is unable to tolerate a cpap machine so we very recently got him an oral device to help with that. After a year of me sleeping in the guest bedroom, I was finally able to try moving back into the bedroom with him. The snoring has decreased immensely to the point where he maybe "snores" every ten minutes or so. It's a miracle for him especially since he had pretty severe apnea.
The problem we have now is that he CONSTANTLY moves around at night, which he has always done, but was attributed to the sleep apnea and was thought would go away once the apnea was properly treated. This does not seem to be the case. He is waking up more refreshed than ever before and in general, the apnea seems much improved.
I cannot sleep with his constant movement and looked to the interwebs for some possible reason for this. It appears that he may possibly have Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMS) as opposed to RLS in the fact that he is not wiggly while falling asleep and it does not seem to bother him at all. He has no clue he's doing it. For me; however, its a deal breaker. I have what I like to call a very particular set of requirements for me to sleep, and it needs to be dark (i wear an eye mask), quiet (white noise is fine so I use a loud fan), and it needs to be still, which obviously isn't happening.
I think its pertinent to add that he's on several meds as well. He takes prozac, adderall XR (around 30mg once in the morning) and an immediate release adderall in the early afternoon to keep him going for the rest of the day. I think in total, the adderall dose is around 50-60mg/day. For his anxiety, he is prescribed klonopin, but he rarely takes those, maybe once every couple of months.
I've tried a couple OTC sleep medications because I get so nervous around bedtime since I am wondering if I will be able to get sleep or not. These serve to only make me groggy and hungover the next day. I can't really tolerate them. I made an appt to see my PCP to maybe help me out with my end of things since I am the one having trouble sleeping, and he has a physical on Tuesday with his PCP to see what he can do. I am, however, wondering if anyone has any advice, experience, or whatever on what we can do to help?
I am headed back into the guest bedroom for a couple of nights because I am sleep deprived and as a nurse, I have to be on my A game for work. But we would like to eventually be able to sleep together since we are newly-ish weds. Or, maybe, we simply aren't made to sleep together. I don't know, but any help is appreciated!!