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Re: can't wake up

Posted by Noa on May 29, 2001, at 17:34:22

In reply to can't wake up, posted by raeleen on May 28, 2001, at 13:59:55

Have you ruled out a sleep disorder?

For more info on sleep disorders, see

I have sleep apnea. For a number of years, it got harder and harder for me to wake up, and I was tired all the time. I would be groggy and sleep through alarm clocks, and have a headache and be unable to drag myself out of bed. I would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night in a panic, and sometimes with horrible, choking acid reflux. I thought it was all part of my depression, but then I started having dreams about being under water and unable to get to the surface to breathe. So, I suspected apnea, and had it checked out and it was confirmed.

Subsequently, I also had worsening hypothyroidism (for some reason it isn't that uncommon in people with apnea), which also cause fatigue, making it hard to wake up, so I agree with Paul about getting that checked out too.

Now that both the apnea and the hypothyroidism are treated, I wake up easily in the morning--even before the alarm rings.




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