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Apnea while awake

Postby pinky » Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:13 am

:?: Has anyone ever heard of apnea while awake? There are times when I may be sitting up watching TV or at work and all of a sudden I stop breathing and gasp for air, then start coughing.
I use a CPAP (at 9) at night for last 2 weeks and absolutely love it. Not only am I sleeping 3 1/2 hours longer each night, but not so tired everyday. During my sleep study, they said that my O2 levels, breathing, and pulse dropped dramatically 30 time during an hour. They then said that I completely stopped breathing 9 times in one hour.

Anything you have to offer on this would be appreciated it.
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Postby Brent Hutto » Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:20 am

If I'm sitting leaned back in a recliner, listening to music or watching TV, I can have something sort of halfway between a snore and an apnea. Unless I've dozed off I'll feel it happening and have to do a little cough or throat clearing thing to keep from choking. Also, at the end of each yoga class we lie on our back and do breathing/relaxation exercises. Usually my breath rate will slow way down and I'll get very relaxed but sometimes that thing in my throat tries to close on me and I have to concentrate on keeping my throat open which kind of spoils the relaxation effect.

I guess it's no wonder I completely stop breathing once I'm asleep.
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Re: Apnea while awake

Postby Daniel » Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:08 am

pinky wrote: :?: Has anyone ever heard of apnea while awake? There are times when I may be sitting up watching TV or at work and all of a sudden I stop breathing and gasp for air, then start coughing.
I use a CPAP (at 9) at night for last 2 weeks and absolutely love it. Not only am I sleeping 3 1/2 hours longer each night, but not so tired everyday. During my sleep study, they said that my O2 levels, breathing, and pulse dropped dramatically 30 time during an hour. They then said that I completely stopped breathing 9 times in one hour.

Anything you have to offer on this would be appreciated it.


No.

Apnoea happens while you sleep. Is it possible that you dozed off ?

I think your figures may be incorrect. Cessation of breathing 9 times per hour would be classed as very mild apnoea and IMHO 'MIGHT' not require CPAP.

It is a good idea to get a copy of the sleep study report (you are entitled to it).

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Postby susanm » Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:43 pm

Yes, yes , yes! It has happened to me, too. It is almost like I just forget to breathe. Most recently when I took an over the counter sleep aid. If you find anything about this problem please come back and share. Good luck to you, hang in there.
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Postby NightHawk777 » Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:53 pm

i catch myself fairly often doing that.
Well, not the choking part, but sometimes i notice if i'm really concentrating on something, i'll stop breathing for a bit.

I dont think its an apnea, because this used to happen to guys when they were beginning to fight, they'd be concentrating so hard they wouldn't breath and pass out.
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My experience is somewhat different...

Postby Christina » Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:28 pm

...as I'm reading everyone's post I realized that something happens to me that I've never discussed with anyone before. It's almost embarrassing. It happens in meetings, particularly stressful meetings, and at other stressful times too. I will take an involuntary deep breath of air that is obvious and noisy. I have no control over it. I thought about mentioning it to my doctor but thought it innocuous enough not to mention it. I just realized that it has stopped since starting CPAP a couple of weeks ago. How weird is that? Has this happened to anyone else? Now you have me thinking...

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Postby sleepngoodnow » Sat Mar 11, 2006 7:29 am

Christina
I have had exactly the same experience. It's not a difficulty breathing or anything, I just suddenly take an extremely deep breath. I don't even realize it is happening until after the fact. It seems to happen more when I am either really concentrating on something or really relaxed. Boy do I get some funny looks, people look at you like you're about ready to die or something. I have been on cpap for 3 months and it happens a lot less now, but still occasionally happens.

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Postby Christina » Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:37 pm

How amazing! It usually happened to me during PPT's, (legal meetings for students with special needs). It's in a small room with a round table - it is tight and crowded and often tense. I bet the special education director must have wondered about me since I frequently sit next to him. I never thought to tell him about my sleep apnea, but I know him well enough to tell him now.

Well, I feel validated! Thank you so much!

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Postby BARBCCRN » Sat Mar 11, 2006 2:11 pm

8-) 8-) yes brain fog and snorting breaths. that used to happen to me all the time. Thank God those days are gone. New girl since Nov 17 '05-CPAP IS my best friend!!!!
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Postby dave_lem » Sat Mar 11, 2006 2:49 pm

yep... i do it to
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sleep apnea while awake

Postby emeraldlion » Fri Mar 17, 2006 6:51 pm

I am so glad to hear that someone else out there has felt what I have, but I am sorry for all of you that have to go thru it too. It happens to me while watching tv or when I know I haven't fallen asleep yet, and when I am asleep. Have any of you had it while lying on your side, not your back?
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Postby whitby98 » Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:32 am

I used to do the same thing and asked my sleep dr. about it. He said that during those little episodes, you actually DO fall asleep for a microsecond and that is indeed an apnea you are having because your throat relaxes just enough to cause the choking. Now that I'm on cpap, it rarely happens anymore. I remember it happening while I was at the dentist, all laid back in the chair getting a filling. HOW EMBARRASSING!!!
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Postby georgiagirl » Sun Mar 19, 2006 5:08 pm

Happens to me too. It always brings about a cough, sometimes it feels as if I get choked for no reason at all. It's kind of embarassing too to be sitting at work quiet as can be and all of a sudden start choking.
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Postby lexi_0605 » Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:00 pm

I'm glad I stumbled onto this forum- the same thing happens to me too! I catch myself not breathing sometimes while I'm awake, especially when I'm relaxing after work.
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Postby Cathy » Mon Mar 20, 2006 6:34 pm

I seem to learn something everyday here. I was also doing the deep breath out of nowhere thing, and always wondered what was happening to me. Now it happens so rarely it surprises me. It would be interesting to know what causes it.

On the plus side, the tissues in my throat are so loose I can make those little growly noises that my husband loves....
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