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    Sleep Problems
    Doug1000 posted:
    My problem is that I can sleep good for the first 3 or 4 hours of the night but after that I wake up every hour afterwards. I've had a sleep study done and was told that I have sleep apnea and was put on a cpap machine. I've used the machine for over a year and it doesnt help my problem. I've tried different over the counter sleep medications but nothing seems to work. Any ideas. I'm a 53 year old male.
    MA64NANA responded:
    You may need to have a second sleep test done. They can adjust your CPAP for more air....or go to a BiPAP if necessary. Please contact your lung doctor or other doc to get another check done and tell them what is going on with you. I used to sleep only for 2 hours at a time and never getting into rem sleep; I was exhausted all the time. This is very serious......and I really hope u will get more testing done and get help....right away!! I did use tylenol pm's and still do just not often anymore. I have also used my muscle relaxer when I am very "tight" with back pain. Once in awhile I will use an anxiety meds before sleep if necessary, but don't need anything most of the time now. I can actually tell myself, "it is time to sleep now" and just put my mask on and lay down......and actually sleep pretty good .....and usually for the whole night.........hate to wake up sometimes because I breathe so much better with the CPAP on.

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