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Chronic Fatigue, anxiety and depression and sleep
Posted by: pgrovetom
Date: June 9, 2010 7:44 PM

I struggled with sleeping through the night for more than 5 years. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea but I had no slow wave or stage 3/4 sleep. I was told that I should have had some. I had surgery to open my airways and it worked. I had a device which recorded O2 saturation, movements and heart rate all night. I could print out a graph showing all these all night. Prior to the surgery, my O2 de-saturation occurred between 25 to 100 times per night. Now, I have zero de-saturations but still awake on many mornings unrested and anxious and depressed. Without another expensive sleep study, is there any way to have my stage 3/4 sleep tested or any other way to encourage stage 3/4 sleep? It seems very odd that with the actual sleep apnea blockage clearly gone, dreaming has returned and able to sleep 7-9 hours but do not feel rested plus other symptoms. Should I just have another sleep study or do you have any thoughts on encouraging the stage 3/4 sleep? Are there any techniques, medications that could be tried before returning to the sleep labs.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at June 9, 2010 8:33 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: Chronic Fatigue, anxiety and depression and sleep
Posted by: drron
Date: June 9, 2010 8:35 PM

I would be surprised if you health is totally fine otherwise. Do you have digestive symptoms, anything outside the ordinary? How about other symptoms - heart, lungs, etc.? (I need this information to answer your question properly.)

Re: Chronic Fatigue, anxiety and depression and sleep
Posted by: pgrovetom
Date: June 10, 2010 4:11 PM

No it's not. Yes I have acid reflux and others. Too complicated to ask here so I focused on the lack of slow wave deep sleep noticed in the sleep study. I have read that the digestive process and various digestive problems can impact sleep especially if heavy proteins or carbohydrates are eaten near bedtime. I avoid any food within 3 or so hours of bedtime, but I do sometimes awake with acid reflux. What is your view of avoiding foods and how long before sleep?

Re: Chronic Fatigue, anxiety and depression and sleep
Posted by: pgrovetom
Date: June 10, 2010 4:15 PM

My heart and other organs are fine to the extent blood tests, CT scans and colonoscopy and endoscopy with intestine.stomach biopsy will show.. The only exception might be I get occasional asthma but it greatly declined after the apnea surgery. I have controlled blood pressure also.

Re: Chronic Fatigue, anxiety and depression and sleep
Posted by: drron
Date: June 10, 2010 4:54 PM

In my experience chronic insomnia in the absence of chronically stress life situations are related almost always to toxicity. Toxicity can come from diet (food sensitivities and toxicities), failure to digest properly (resulting in dysbiosis which toxifies the entire body) and it can come from outside toxins - too many to name them all - but commonly heavy metals from internal (e.g. dental amalgams) and external (e.g. industrial polution) sources. We are all breathing industrial toxins carried by weather systems around the world. Tolerance to these things varies from person to person. That is about all I can say without seeing you, taking a full history, testing you etc.



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