I have obstructive sleep apnea. I know by definition sleep apnea can't happen when awake. What is the word for when the throat muscles relax while awake? What is the cause?
I know that for many people, they do not realize they are actually asleep. The reports in forums I've seen, those people do not realize they are snoring or whatever. In my situation, I am completely aware of the event.
If I relax - I gag on the tongue and soft tissues. Standing, sitting, laying down, in conversations, with other people or by myself, at any time if I relax - I gag on the tongue and soft tissues.
For example, I will tell someone about this and demonstrate relax/gag and then continue the conversation. I am fully aware of the choking. I voluntarily start relaxing, gag, and stop the process by consciously tensing my throat muscles and the other person confirms that I did not appear to be asleep.
The result is I never relax. I cannot take part in yoga/meditation/relaxation stuff because I start choking in the first few seconds. Again, I am completely aware of it starting and it is a conscious decision to keep relaxing and choking or to give up and tense up.
What I am most looking forward to with my CPAP machine is to use it to just relax; or sit in an easy chair and relax while I watch TV.
Yes, I know what you mean. Before I was diagnosed with OSA I thought it was my sinuses or allergies closing the passage right behind my nose. In fact it's how I got to the sleep doctor as I went to an allergist and he said I have no allergies what so ever, not even to poison oak.
When my cpap is on I feel that part or my airway open, and when I take it off I can feel it close and restrict my nose breathing.
What works for me is a nasal spray called "nasonex" when I can really feel it. All the other local steroid sprays do not work except nasonex.
It sucks man, I am not even overweight or in bad health any other way. My doctor just says it's "mechanical" and no surgery would help and get use to cpap for the rest of my life.*sigh*
In my case, this is why I had my flappy removed, as I was told it was too long when I relaxed...
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.
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