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Wake up with heart pounding
12-23-2012, 05:48 PM
Hi, I was initially using the CPAP successfully but lately i wake up in the middle of the night with my heart pounding and have trouble going back to sleep. Possible my pressure setting need to be adjusted.
12-23-2012, 05:59 PM
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How long have you been using a CPAP?
Do you have any other conditions that could be contributing to it?
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12-23-2012, 06:11 PM
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(12-23-2012, 05:48 PM)ra20124 Wrote: Hi, I was initially using the CPAP successfully but lately i wake up in the middle of the night with my heart pounding and have trouble going back to sleep. Possible my pressure setting need to be adjusted.
Hi ra20124, welcome to the forum!
Waking up occasionally either gasping for air and/or with my heart pounding (and sometimes being in actual Atrial Fribrillation) is what drove me years ago to see doctors, leading to my original diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
It is well-established that OSA is usually positional, and sleeping on one's back is usually the worst, requiring higher CPAP pressure than when sleeping in other positions.
Lots of people wear a teeshirt with one or two pockets sewn on the back (to put tennis balls in) to prevent them from sleeping in the supine position. I found that I need the tennis balls to be aligned vertically along my spine and placed high, no lower than between my shoulder blades, so the tennis balls will not bother me when sleeping on my side.
Membership in the Advisory Member group should not be understood as in any way implying medical expertise or qualification for advising Sleep Apnea patients concerning their treatment. The Advisory Member group provides advice and suggestions to Apnea Board administrators and staff on matters concerning Apnea Board operation and administrative policies - not on matters concerning treatment for Sleep Apnea. I think it is now too late to change the name of the group but I think Voting Member group would perhaps have been a more descriptive name for the group.
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