It seems I wake up with nearly every REM cycle for 5-45 minutes. Over the past 4 years I've suffered from chronic sleepiness, was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea, got my turbinates reduced and apparently cured. But -- still experience 10 wake ups a night and mostly in REM. It is not due to apneas. My sleep doc casually mentioned the REM wake up issue this but said I'm fine -- but here's the problem...though I don't feel fine -- I feel debilitating sleepy. Hence the Zeo.
Today is day 2 with the zeo and it has confirmed what my doc said. Yep, waking up during REM. So I'm trying new things. On night one I had 3 rem cycles all with big wake ups in the middle of them.
Did some research and am investigating the idea that I might have rem sleep behavior disorder; however, I do not act out my dreams or show that I'm dreaming in anyway. But clearly I don't experience the 'rem paralysis' a normal sleeper does. For rem sbd, experts have suggested that melatonin might help increase rem. Took 3 mg of melatonin last night and it did help. I got 30 minutes more of rem. Had five rem cycles and one that was uninterrupted. I do feel slightly more rested today. So I'm considering that a win, even though I still woke up ten times. One team of researchers concluded that it took a week of melatonin at 3 mg to begin to correct rem wake ups. So I'm going to continue taking the melatonin this week.
If anyone suffers from rem wake ups, give a shout out. I will keep posting my progress if anyone is interested. Other ideas to experiment with are bright light therapy, breathing oriented yoga, ambien, lunesta, increasing magnesium.