I have vivid dreams all night and wake up feeling like I haven't slept at all. I did the sleep disorder testing and although there was borderline sleep apnea, nothing was identified. Any help on how to address the problem or finding a doctor that specializes in this area?
Doctors Answers (3)
Frequent dreaming occurs with several sleep disorders including narcolepsy. You should see a sleep specialist, preferably a neurologist, who can review your sleep study. There is much more to learn from a sleep study than whether or not you have sleep apnea. Sleep stages, fragmentation of sleep, leg movements, how long it takes to enter certain stages of sleep are but a few of the measurements which should be studied. If the sleep study you did undergo is lacking in the recording of these parameters you may need another sleep study to answer your questions. Suppressing excessive dreaming is not difficult.
You should see a board Certified Sleep Specialist and take the results of your previous sleep study with you.
The question here is whether vivid dreaming is due to an underlying sleep disorderis there narcolepsy, sleep disorder or there is another non-sleep related cause for daytime fatigue? A sleep disorder specialist (preferably neurologist) is the most appropriate doctor to consult with. For the local doctors please check with your insurance company or here on sleepdisorder.com website. If you are in New York City area I will be happy to look at you.