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"My husband sleeps a lot but he also eats a lot of sweets. What is going on with him?"

ZocdocAnswersMy husband sleeps a lot but he also eats a lot of sweets. What is going on with him?


He gets up about 11 in the morning eats and will go back to sleep around 2 and sleep until about 5. When he gets up at 5 and if he is watching tv on the sofa he will nod off and go to sleep again and then he is up until 3 or 4 in the morning and he doesn't even have a job because he is disabled


Thank you for your question, and I am sorry to hear about this problem. Unfortunately, this is something that will need further assistance from a physician in order to help both you and him return to optimal functioning. There are many potential explanations, but additional information is needed before a definitive answer can be provided. Some of his problems may stem from whatever is causing his disability. These problems can be either physical or psychological, and either or both may need to be treated more fully to help him. Obstructive sleep apnea can be a common cause of sleep that is not restorative, and is sometimes associated with those who are overweight, have a large neck, or snore. Any chronic medical condition will also require extra energy as well, and so poorly managed conditions such as diabetes can also play a role. Malnutrition can cause fatigue, as can a host of other medical problems. Finally, even the poor sleep schedule that you describe can be part of the problem. Speaking with your doctor will be a good step in the right direction, and he or she may be able to help you pull in extra resources to face this problem as well. Please speak with your doctor.

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