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Old 10-23-2004, 05:34 PM #5 (permalink)
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Hi Moe,

About the sleeping part. My brother has ALS and lately he has been sleeping a lot more during the day. I think it's related to his respiratory rate. He does not use a bipap or ventilator (he does not want to). The exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is less than perfect, so there is a lot more CO2 in his system which would make him sleepy. It's like slowly poisoning yourself with CO2. Now a BIPAP would probalby help get rid of the CO2 for him....He's next visit to the ALS clinic is Nov 8, we'll know more about his "breathing" at that time.
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