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Old 07-09-2004, 01:28 AM   #1
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Sleep deprived/sleep problems... help!

Hi everyone, I suspect that my dad has some kind of sleep disorder. Nacrolepsy? Sleep apnea? I'm getting worried. He snores everytime he sleeps and his snoring seems very labour like he is trying to suck in air and the snoring isn't like rhythmic. What I'm trying to say is he snores differently each time (sounds differennt) and different frequency. Of course the sound is disturbing to the family. Before I suspect of him having sleep problems, he has told me about chest pains. Though he went to his brother(a GP) and got some meds and was told it's nothing serious or watever. I'm thinking if the chest pain could have been caused by the sleep deprivation. He always seems sleepy. He can't sit down without falling asleep. Even if he's watching a very interesting movie or in a noisy and crowded place, you will sure find him falling asleep and even snoring a bit. He's a driver and I'm afraid that he might fall asleep on the wheel and you know how dangerous that could be! He actually had fallen asleep while driving b4 and luckly his car just went over the kerb and not something else more serious. However I have been unsuccessful in persuading him to seek medical help! He even lied a few times to stop me worrying but I can't let it go on! He doesn't smoke and don't think he drinks anymore(maybe once in a while). He was a heavy drinker last time! One thing that stops him from seeking help is money. So does anyone have any idea how I can help my dad? Thanks!

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Old 07-09-2004, 08:46 AM   #2
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Re: Sleep deprived/sleep problems... help!

He very well could have sleep apnea. Just from what you've said I would guess that he does to some degree. The chest pain wouldn't be caused by sleep deprivation but could be caused by sleep apnea. Breathing directly affects the heart. When I performed sleep studies and watched a patient have an apnea, i watched the heart very closely. It's common to see arrhythmias just from apneas. I've seen so many people who had hypertension, strokes, heart attacks, and sleep apnea was probably a contributing factor.

Old 07-14-2004, 08:56 AM   #3
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Re: Sleep deprived/sleep problems... help!

Thanks for replying! Can you tell me what will happen if a patient's sleep apnea is not be diagnosed and treated? What are the treatments usually? CPAP? Meds? Thanks!

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