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Serious situation but mom is on it

My 16 year old has always been the type that gets drowsy in the afternoons and wants to take naps. He sometimes snores, lately he's not been getting quality sleep, but there were not any significant markers to worry about.

Keep in mind, he's a football player, stout muscular kid. He works out every day, does protein shakes, has joined track and field to do power lifting. BUT he's got a thick neck... had his tonsils out as a kid too.

Yesterday though, his 14 year old brother and he came blowing through the front door like they'd just seen Bigfoot!!
"Mom!! Almost crashed the car! Fell asleep and ended up in the opposite ditch!!!"

I listened, life suddenly in slow motion. Both of my sons had eyes like saucers.

Everyone was okay. The car was fine. He did fall asleep at the wheel and his brother had his face in his phone so didn't notice until the car was driving down the ditch.

So, I drove them to school today. I'm making appointments. I'm googling and look into any and every option.

He scared himself and it scared everyone else.

I'm thinking sleep apenea because he's not getting very good sleep and never really has. Is he depressed.. he says he's fine.
A google of teens falling asleep behind the wheel makes me want to take the keys forever... scary shit right there.
I fell asleep at the wheel, with my 12 yr old in the car! There was no particular reason that I knew of at that time.

It only happened once. I was, years later, diagnosed with sleep apnea, and if I had to guess, I'd guess you may be right.

I had no idea I wasn't sleeping when I was sleeping. When they tested me I was astonished to be told I'd woken myself up 565 times in 5.5 hours.
@StraightLacedLADY I had zero suspicions. One morning my husband said, "You need to go to the doctor. You have sleep apnea."

I thought he was daft, but I went to the doctor to prove him wrong. I should've known better. He was never wrong.

The situation where it happened was incredibly lucky. We were about fifty miles from home at the end of a 200 mile drive from my folks' place. I fell asleep and ran a stop sign, but it was a rural road and no traffic. Also, it was a T-intersection and I just drove into a flat field with no ditches. Nobody hurt. No damage done. But I still didn't know.

Once you get used to the CPAP...it is a MARVELOUS difference. I can now watch the ends of all the movies I ever saw!
StraightLacedLADY · 41-45, F
@Mamapolo2016 Watch the end of a movie!! My goodness, I might have to look into one of these machines. 😊
@StraightLacedLADY It's a whole new experience!
Josh1454 · M
When I was his age I had the opposite issue. I had troubles sleeping. My brother, however, would always nap. He snores a lot and I don’t. It might be sleep apnea.
MarkPaul · 26-30, M
StraightLacedLADY · 41-45, F
@MarkPaul I gotta look that up. I know it involves sleep but not symptoms or treatment
MarkPaul · 26-30, M
@StraightLacedLADY From what you described, that is the condition he has. The good news it is treatable.
Adrift · 61-69, F
Sounds like he is doing alot and demanding alot from his body. He probably needs to get more sleep.
I once read that teenagers require more sleep than they usually getting.
StraightLacedLADY · 41-45, F
@Adrift Yeah, I was thinking that too. Doc said today they're ordering an at home sleep study, in the meantime we need to make his room comfortable by reducing light sources, changing temperatures, and no video stimulation an hour before he's ready to hit the hay.
This didn't do squat to put my nerves at ease.
Adrift · 61-69, F
@StraightLacedLADY Does he like to stay up late and watch TV?
I read a thing once on our natural sleep schedules. Teens and young people tend to want to stay up late, and sleep until noon. Then as we get older we go to sleep earlier and get up at dawn.
It has to do with our natural circadian rhythms.
My doctor agreed with this and said that we have reprogrammed ourselves with modern conveniences.
StraightLacedLADY · 41-45, F
@TexChik Thanks for the heads up. He's pretty open and honest with me but I'm totally against that so... he may be doing it without my knowledge.
TexChik · F
@StraightLacedLADY He’s probably not . My son is 14 and some of his friends are taking pro hormones . It works, they are big, but their livers took a hit and they need some meds to clear that up . 😉
StraightLacedLADY · 41-45, F
@TexChik Oh... so they are safe? My boys are obsessed with getting bigger and I just worry they're doing to much to fast.
You might want to have him given a thorough physical Examination and explain to the examining physician, what happened. Good luck.
LoveBeingWatched · 51-55, M
Best of luck, hope all is well with your son.
StraightLacedLADY · 41-45, F
@LoveBeingWatched Me too... and thank you
LoveBeingWatched · 51-55, M
@StraightLacedLADY You're welcome.
JesseInTX · 51-55, M
Glad they are ok.
StraightLacedLADY · 41-45, F
@JesseInTX Yeah! I was thanking Jesus for that one... if he'd been on the busy roads he always wants to take... I don't even think about it.

 
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