ZocdocAnswersMy boyfriend has never slept well. What is wrong with him?

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My boyfriend has never slept well. What is wrong with him?

He falls asleep easily but he wakes up every night many times because of some noise or any sort of a touch. Because of not sleeping well he is often tired. He is 21 years, trains at the gym, tries to eat healthy but is allergic to cow milk protein, pretty skinny even though eats a lot. He sleeps in the bedroom door closed in complete darkness but still it doesn't seem to help him sleep the whole night threw. Thank you for your time!

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Sorry to hear about this miserable night's sleep. There are many potential answers to this question, some of which may be easier to treat than others. The best thing to do is to discuss your concern with a sleep medicine specialist. Some people will have frequent night time awakenings, which can be a part of how and who they are. There are treatments to help this if it is impairing health and well being. Other people will have a cause for waking up so frequently, such as an obstructed air way. Obstructive sleep apnea can cause people to wake up many times in the middle of the night, and leave them feeling very fatigued on awakening. This is often associated with obesity, but not always, and even very thin people can have this problem, which is caused with the soft tissues of the head and neck collapse into the airway during the night and block the normal path of air into the lungs. Fortunately, there are also treatments for this problem also. Speaking with a sleep medicine specialists will be a good start, as he or she will be able to discuss this information in more detail and come up with a plan to help you and he sleep better. Please speak with your doctor.

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