Frequently I awake with a feeling that I just died (an awful feeling of dread and racing heart beat) and I think it may happen when my throat gets dry and sore during the night. My doctor has told me that the sore throat may be confusing the mind and trying to make sense of it be creating the nightmare. Has anyone experienced this?
I have been a CPAP user since 2007 and here is what I have been doing to deal with this issue:
Gradually tightening my chinstrap (Deluxe Chin Strap/302425).
Raised humidity setting to 5 (max is 6).
Raised heated tube to 77 degrees.
By the way I use the ResMed S9, but I don't use the auto pressure mode. I talked to my doctor and we agree that I'm better off with the regular CPAP mode and I'm set at 10. She said that some people like me are too sensitive of sleepers to use the auto mode.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Obviously I am no doctor, but here is what I would do. I would turn on auto mode BUT with a very small range, say 10-11 or 10-12, just so I could get some data. IF and this is a big IF, it is set at 10, but this is lower than it needs to be, I would assume I am feeling starved for air and that can trigger the dreams.
Thinking more about it perhaps you can get actionable data without changing to auto, by looking at flow limit to see if this is causing the issue. I really don't know enough about how the machines work to know what you can see in sleepyhead when in fixed pressure mode.
Have you looked at the plots?
I noticed the references in other posts to Sleepyhead, but I haven't used it yet. It sounds like it is available to use with a ResMed S9.
I would be willing to try out the automode again. I remember that was something my doctor suggested, but there is something about this mode that disturbs my sleep that my doctor really can't figure out.
Thanks for the reply!