I don't have sleep apnea but have restless legs and periodic limb movement disorder. I take clonazepam to sleep and on average I sleep about 9 hours per night. However, I am still exhausted every day and have no energy. I'm fortunate that I don't have to go to work but I get tired just doing daily routine household jobs. What kinds of medication do people take for day time sleepiness and no energy, do they work and do you have side effects?
I don't have sleep apnea, but have RLS and PLMD. I don't have lack of oxygen, but don't get enough sleep and it's very fragmented. My short term memory is quite bad.
I like to read in bed for a short time....it doesn't take long to make me sleepy, but you don't want to use a very bright light. I also put lotion on my arms and hands when I wash up for bed and it smells like vanilla.....I find it very calming. Lots of people like some form of aromatherapy but may like different scents. If you are interested in meditation, etc., I found a couple good ones on you tube by Eli Bay that I liked. There are short and long versions.
Hi BNS. I don't have sleep apnea, but RLS and PLMD. I know I've had the RLS for at least 20 years, the PLMD there is no way to know because I twitch in my sleep. For me it took several years of increasing tiredness, lack of energy and weight gain. I mostly got the menopause thing from my Dr., as well as that a lot of people eat more than they think, exercise less than they think, etc. Yet only a few years before I had been pretty fit and weighed 20 pounds less. My Dr. finally suggested a sleep apnea test after she had just attended a conference on sleep disorders. I was misdiagnosed with sleep apnea with a home test, then properly diagnosed with a PSG. Like you, I have been hooked on increasing amounts of caffeine over the last few years. I have never been a coffee drinker but got hooked on iced caps....I needed that caffeine to wake me up enough to feel like it was safe to drive. I am currently taking clonazepam to sleep at night, tried Mirapex but it make things worse. I still need the caffeine, but my sleep Dr. said it could take quite a while to make up that sleep debt. I really like my primary Dr. but I wish she had trusted that I knew something was wrong sooner, rather than later, and what if she had never gone to that conference. I think a lot of people need to be more aggressive, me included, in trusting that you, yourself, know when something is wrong and pushing the Dr. a bit more.
Thanks for the interesting article Dan. I have RLS, Bruxism and what I think are migraines, as well as PLMD. I also have random body wide tingling, numbness and different kinds of pains.....I wonder if these are related to the RLS/PLMD or are a sign of something else. My sleep Dr. said we need to fix my sleep first before we investigate anything else.
My Dr. checked all my vitamin, mineral, etc., levels first and fortunately or unfortunately they were all fine. I was happy they were good but you're always disappointed when you're looking for answers and that particular test didn't give you the answers you were looking for. I also have a tremor in my head and one leg that my GP thinks may be essential tremor, as well as other neurological symptoms like random tingling, pains and possible migraines, so very soon I'm going to push for another referral to a neurologist. I was referred to a neurologist for my sleep issues but never did see him since he was on medical leave himself. It's so frustrating that everything takes so long!
My first medication was Mirapex but it made my RLS and insomnia much, much worse (augmentation?). My sleep Dr. stopped that and I am now on Clonazepam. It seems to calm the RLS most days and most nights I sleep without waking up too much. However, I still feel just as tired and have no energy at all. Since I have PLMD if I don't take anything my sleep is constantly interrupted every night. I have another appointment to see the sleep Dr. in about a month. I really need some energy back so I can walk and ride my bike again and hopefully lose some weight.
Hi. I was originally misdiagnosed with complex sleep apnea but actually have RLS/PLMD. Is there anyone else here who has either? I'm curious about your treatment and what is working for you. Thanks!
Thanks for your information. I've been taking Klonopin since the middle of July and hopefully like you said the sleepiness will wear off. I suspect there is also something else going on since I have a lot of weird neurological symptoms. I do love that I go to bed and within minutes of putting my book down I'm asleep, usually for the entire night....no more insomnia, no more walking the floors. It seems to help my RLS in the daytime some as well. We are on the last night of a road trip and my legs aren't anywhere near as bad travelling as there were before. My iron was also borderline low and I've been taking supplements. So far I don't think it's made a difference but I get it checked again this week. This is the first night of decent internet in about 10 days....finally....LOL! Thanks!
So although I guess I don't have sleep apnea I hope I am still welcome here...... I tried the Mirapex for 7 days and not only didn't it help but my insomnia was worse and my RLS was much, much worse. I went back to the Dr. and was put on clonazepam (Klonopin). I don't think it will do anything about the twitches in my sleep but it will calm the restless legs and make me fall asleep. So far it is definitely making me sleep. The problem is that it is making me sleepy all day. I am grateful the RLS is better so far but I actually feel sleepier and have less energy than before. Has anyone else had experience with Klonopin? Will the sleepinees / lack of energy wear off in time?