Great Info shared with you already.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where you stop breathing during the night, often hundreds of times and for as long as a minute or more. When you prevent breathing, oxygen levels in your blood fall and levels of carbon dioxide increase. This causes the heart to pump more strongly and occasionally to beat irregularly, or even to stop altogether for several seconds. Your chest and diaphragm muscles work harder and your blood pressure increases. Eventually, the brain senses that your body is in trouble and wakes you sufficiently for you to start breathing.
What you described, IMHO, could be orthostatic hypotension which was already mentioned or you might look into having his Blood Sugars checked for hypoglycemia. Another major cause of fainting is a slow heart rate.
He does need to see a physician as fainting is not normal, something is going on somewhere. You might tell him that going to the physician's on his own beats an ambulance ride if he passes out and you cannot wake him up :)
My hubby does not like to go either but I am not to proud to harp at him.
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My youngest son had sleep apnea due to his tonsils being so large. we had them removed 12/21/07. He used to fall asleep all the time- in the car he would fall asleep in just a minute or two and he always had bags under his eyes. Now he even looks more rested with out the apnea. I am amazed that 10 days after surgery he is so much better and such a different kid!
I hope you can convince your hubby to get medical attention. Maybe letting him know how worried you are about him would help?
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Hopefully his physician will lay it on the line...........he needs to go to the sleep lab and be tested. It is painless............lol, he just has to sleep. The CPAP machines are much better than the earlier ones and less cumbersome. My FIL has one as many of the patients at the hospital had them. They are compact and he can take it with him whereever you go if he needs one.
He will feel so much better if that is his problem and it could very well be.
Gentle hugs to you and you are a wonderful advocate for your husband.