I hold my breath during sleep. I wake up with the feeling that I am under water. I let out air first and then gasp for new air. I can feel my blood pressure is very high upon waking. I was diagnose with sleep apnea but I maintain that I have central apnea too! I quit using the machine because I feel like I am holding my breath and at times I end up with my lungs and stomach full of air. I asked my doctor about central apnea and he insist it is too rare to be my problem. I have other nerve problems like brain zaps in my sleep,and very sensitive nerves, like when I am startled even a little, my nerves shock me all over my body. I wondered if I have a nerve impusle trauma. Anyone heard of these problems?
Central apnea is NOT rare- many people have central apneas and Central apneas IS sleep apnea. The breath 'holding' you experience isn't really holding hte breath, but it is the mind getting confused and thinking it's got too much oxygen, so your lungs don't take another breath as usual- do NOT stop using youre machine!!! Sleep apnea can and does kill people!
I have had so much help from the folks who work at the oxygen place where I got my CPAP machine.Have you explained to them what you are experiencing?Maybe you need to have your machine reset.I have mine set at 14 and if I feel like to much air is coming in I just hit the button and it drops down to 9 and then slowly builds back up to 14 and by that time I am back asleep.I agree sometimes the machine is just plain annoying so I put a small fan on my bedside and aim it right at my face.I lay on my side facing the fan and put a large pillow behind me so I don't roll over on my back.I also put a smaller pillow between my knees so I'm more comfortable.This seems to work good also.But wearing the machine is really important because every time you stop breathing it is really bad for your heart.When I was tested in the hosp I stopped breathing 41 times in an hour.I was so shocked at this.Even tho my husband teasing calls me "Darth Vader" because of the noise the machine makes,especially if I try and say something while I'm hooked up,I still wear it because its just so important.I have never heard of central apnea so I'm going to look that up.
It's not central apnea, it has psychological causes at his roots that's why doctors don't know what to tell you because it's not apnea. I cured myself long time ago, suffered from it for 9 years. check out this article at outbreathing.com
Naz ... Why would you tell someone that is holding there breath while sleeping that they arn't? I just had a sleep study done two weeks ago and guess what ... I HOLD MY BREATH WHILE SLEEPING! Yes, the doctor claims this is very rear condition and needs further testing and observation. PRC ... your not alone out here, I will write more as I learn more about this condition.
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