Hello Guest, Welcome to Apnea Board !
As a guest, you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use.
To post a message, you must create a free account using a valid email address.

or Create an Account


New Posts   Today's Posts

Maybe not needed?
#31
(02-21-2017, 08:53 AM)MrsBrando Wrote: I forget to breathe when I'm awake sometimes. I'll notice I haven't inhaled for a bit, and consciously breathe. I also have times where I have what is referred to as "periodic breathing" when I'm awake, and I end up hyperventilated. It took years of being labeled an "anxious female" before someone thought to check my blood gases, and said it's from improper breathing and sighing often. When I periodic breathe when I'm awake, I go through a breathing exercise a pulmonologist taught me, of doing timed belly breathing. That's why I said maybe it's more than just sleep apnea.

I have the same exact symptoms. (You are not alone.) 

I've learned that (for me) it's due to my Lyme disease. I especially have the choking and gagging as I'm trying to fall asleep. On the CPAP now, I no longer get startled awake (as I'm trying to fall asleep) by the choking & gagging, rather I can feel my throat slowly being cranked open from the pressure of the CPAP.  So... that's kinda cool.

I do the deep breathing before I go to sleep. I've heard that 5 deep breaths will help the body switch gears toward relaxation and sleep, and I have very much found that to be helpful to me.
Post Reply Post Reply



Donate to Apnea Board  
#32
[attachment=3229]
"I especially have the choking and gagging as I'm trying to fall asleep. On the CPAP now, I no longer get startled awake (as I'm trying to fall asleep) by the choking & gagging, rather I can feel my throat slowly being cranked open from the pressure of the CPAP.  So... that's kinda cool."

Oh. My. Gosh. I have startled awake as I'm falling asleep for years! You're right, with CPAP it's not happening anymore. like 


Here's my new Sleepyhead from last night. Dragging today.

Save
Post Reply Post Reply
#33
Hopefully most days are better. You might try a lower AFlex setting like 1. It shouldn't make a lot of difference in comfort, but may help with those breathing transitions. I can relate to the startling awake. It was the reason I could not sleep in a sleep study, and happens if I take a nap without PAP.
Post Reply Post Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  Feedback on Stats Needed JoLyn 34 462 Yesterday, 10:17 AM
Last Post: KSMatthew
  Analyzing SleepHead info needed willis 18 430 02-14-2018, 06:39 PM
Last Post: willis
  Change from Fixed Pressure to Auto Settings. Feedback needed, please! Nito 23 808 01-26-2018, 02:28 PM
Last Post: Nito
  New to CPAP. unhappy with sleep therapist. Advise needed. SIRSnoralot 12 508 01-12-2018, 08:40 PM
Last Post: DeepBreathing
Question No Prescription Needed? SideSleeper 11 498 01-06-2018, 09:34 PM
Last Post: Mosquitobait
  [CPAP] How many charts/images needed for help interpreting results? mr. walters 8 339 01-03-2018, 11:23 PM
Last Post: mr. walters
  Dreamstation ASV not helping, help needed. chicken 17 558 12-31-2017, 02:28 AM
Last Post: ajack

Forum Jump:

New Posts   Today's Posts




About Apnea Board

Apnea Board is an educational web site designed to empower Sleep Apnea patients.

For any more information, please use our contact form.