JJJ - I have the same issue. Not EVERY night (last night only one awakening). But the four nights before that I was waking up about every 1-1.5 hours. I have tried relaxation tapes. Now I'm working with the doc to see if I can rearrange my meds.
I'm finding some things work for 1-2 nights, then I'm back to where I was. The relaxation tapes worked for two nights. Last night I changed up some meds and they worked. Who knows how long that will work. I have been wondering if I am opening my mouth and that is waking me up? But of course there is no evidence.
It is really frustrating. My CPAP numbers are good (.8 AHI), but if I have two days of this waking up all the time I am just a wreck the next day.
Always helps to know you are not alone. Hope we can both figure this out.
Eaglett, first of all, you are never alone. Somewhere someone has experienced what you have experienced. There are times I wake up just beat to death and ready to go back to sleep! I look, I have a good AHI, no major leaks, no unusual numbers of OA or CA, but then I look at that RERA number and there it is! When I end up having 20, 30 even 40+ RERA events in a night, I am useless the next day. Luckily, those numbers seem to be declining in frequency with treatment. Hopefully someday these type of numbers will be behind me completely. This is the kind of thing that we all talk about when we tell people not to go changing their pressures and setups every couple of days. Even once you get to the right settings for you, it still takes time in therapy for your body to get used to sleeping with this hunk of plastic and steel. As time goes on, most times numbers improve and things can turn around. I had 8 RERA events last night. 2 months ago I was throwing out over 40 consistently. Now don't get me wrong, 8 events is a new low for me and it is only one night, but I have been hitting in the teens and low 20s pretty regularly and I am just plain feeling better.
Hang in there, time is a great friend to have!
As always, YMMV! You do not have to agree or disagree, I am not a professional so my mental meanderings are simply recollections of things from my own life.
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Twenty years ago I would go to be and the next thing I knew it was morning. At the time of my sleep study in late March I was waking up five or six times a night. My sleep apnea is now under control (AHI average about 2.5), but I still wake up too often.
One thing that has helped a little has been being more religious about going to bed at the same time, plus other good sleep hygiene habits. I also find some help from melatonin, benadryl and 5-HTP.
Melatonin has a half life of only 30-50 minutes, so I take 3 mg at dusk and at bedtime (about 10:30 pm) I take a 10 mg controlled release melatonin. At bedtime I also take two 25 mg benadryls and one 200 mg 5-HTP. I have only started the 5-HTP a few days ago, so I can't say how much it is helping yet.
I still wake up, but only two to to four times, and sometimes I am only semi-conscious when I do so.
There are also prescription medications, but I'm scared of them. I took a Dormalin once and, although I slept through the night, I can't remember anything that happened the day before. I'm forgetful enough without deliberately inducing amnesia.