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My husband does a great deal of sleeping, and lately, the pace

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My husband does a great deal of sleeping, and lately, the pace has been intensifying. He naps for an hour a few times a day when he can, though he makes it through a work day on sheer grit. He's already been diagnosed as having sleep apnea, and will soon be taking the so-called "nap test" (MSLT) next week to see if he can be diagnosed with narcolepsy. I'm at my wit's end right now, however. Is there anything we can do to help him wake up a bit more right away?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 2 years ago.
hello
is he on CPAP
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Actually, bipap. He's had some discomfort using it due to nasal allergies of late, but he does wear it every night.
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 2 years ago.
Ok
is he on any medications currently?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes, several. The list, unless I'm forgetting something, includes Cymbalta, Lamictal, Humalog, Lantus, Metformin, vyvanse and Nuvigil. None are new.
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 2 years ago.
he is already on meds to wake him up
i would add nothing in the way of medication
but look at the lamictal and cymbalta as far as side effects
also the degree of sugar control

but mostly i would want to try to stabilize sleep...check his pulse oxes on the machine and see if it is set well enough
get him up at sunrise, have him watch the sunrise [not look at the sun of course] which would set melatonin secretion in the evening.

and allow the naps while discussion medication effects with his doc.

he is probably magnesium deficient and this is safe to supplement and might help
good luck

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