Night­mare of dad who can­not sleep peace­fully

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­

JAMES Bug­den has a prob­lem. He has nearly jumped to his death, got stuck in the toi­let and nearly stran­gled his wife – and all of this was in his sleep.

For the past three years the 36-year-old from Kingsnorth, Ash­ford, has suf­fered from sleep ap­noea, a con­di­tion where the neck tight­ens leav­ing him, at times, un­able to breathe.

Fol­low­ing a knock on the head at work in 2006 Mr Bug­den dis­cov­ered an equally danger­ous side ef­fects to his con­di­tion – sleep­walk­ing. He now fears for his wife of 17 years Carol and their chil­dren.

The fa­ther-of-five said: “I’ve wo­ken up stran­gling the wife, woke up punch­ing the wife and two nights ago I smashed the head­board and done all my knuck­les in fight­ing with the head­board.

“One night the wife had to grab me back through the win­dow. We’re in a three-storey house and our bed­room is on the top floor and I’d climbed on the chest of draw­ers and was try­ing to climb out of the win­dow be­cause I thought there was a fire.

“On an­other night I’d gone into the toi­let asleep and the door had closed be­hind me and I then couldn’t open it so I was stuck in the toi­let most of the night asleep.”

The con­di­tion, where oxy­gen in the blood is low­ered, has left James al­most blind in his right eye and deaf in one ear fol­low­ing two strokes.

The for­mer HGV re­cov­ery driver said: “When you go to sleep your body sleeps but your brain stays ac­tive, it never sleeps. Swelling in the neck stops you breath­ing so ev­ery now and then you stop breath­ing too.”

Mr Bug­den added: “If my wife was not so on the ball I could be al­ready in the dock fac­ing prison. I can fall asleep any­where, any time; day or night.

“You dread go­ing to bed at night. They reckon if you’ve watched a film or some­thing on the tele­vi­sion you go to bed and your brain is still re-en­act­ing it and your brain thinks you are in the part.

“It’s just fin­gers crossed some­one can help be­cause we’re three years down the line, seven dif­fer­ent doc­tors, eight dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals and we’re no nearer an an­swer.”

Can you of­fer Mr Bug­den any help or ad­vice? Call our news­room on 01233 623232.

James Bug­den, who suf­fers from sleep ap­noea and fears for his wife and chil­dren’s safety be­cause he kicks and punches in his sleep

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