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Sleeping sitting up

Postby Dave1955 » Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:01 pm

I'm just wondering if anyone else had this experience. Before I started getting CPAP treatment, I would occasionally wake up to find myself sitting on the edge of my bed with my feet on the floor, with no recollection of having awakened and sitting up. I would also sometimes get up to pee and sit down on my bed after coming back from the bathroom, and fall asleep sitting up. Has this happened to anyone else? Do you think it could have been my body's way of fighting the apnea? I'm assuming I would have fewer apneas sitting up. I'm guessing it was part of the apnea, because it hasn't happened at all since I've had my CPAP.
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Postby Oggie » Mon Jun 26, 2006 1:20 pm

Dave-

From what I've read (a lot) and what I know (not so much) that does sound like it was caused by the apnea. Our bodies are AMAZING in what they will do to keep us alive. There are so many things that were happening to me before I was on cpap that I now realize were a cause of the apnea. Your body was trying to keep you alive, and you most likely breathed with fewer obstuctions sitting up than lying down. I HAD to sleep on my side with two pillows under my head before, now I fall asleep on my back with one pillow and wake up in the same position I fall asleep in. Also, I used to wake up with a sore jaw from clenching my teeth at night, which I assumed was due to stress, but now I never do that (now I have the opposite problem; my jaw is so relaxed I can't keep my mouth shut!). I've also learned that frequent bathroom trips during the night can caused by apnea, too, which is why sometimes I'd find myself going potty during the night but unable to pee and wondering why I woke up to just sit there! It's truly amazing, so, the long and short of it is, yes, I think that what you experienced was caused by apnea as well.

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Re: Sleeping sitting up

Postby Linda » Mon Jun 26, 2006 2:42 pm

Dave1955 wrote:I'm just wondering if anyone else had this experience. Before I started getting CPAP treatment, I would occasionally wake up to find myself sitting on the edge of my bed with my feet on the floor, with no recollection of having awakened and sitting up. I would also sometimes get up to pee and sit down on my bed after coming back from the bathroom, and fall asleep sitting up. Has this happened to anyone else? Do you think it could have been my body's way of fighting the apnea? I'm assuming I would have fewer apneas sitting up. I'm guessing it was part of the apnea, because it hasn't happened at all since I've had my CPAP.


Your description fits mine exactly!
I've described mine before, but for those who haven't heard it, it was, well, like yours.

I lived alone, so my bizarre sleeping pattern wasn't witnessed by anyone. I woke up and was sitting on the edge of my bed with my fleet on the floor, although I was aware that I woke up. I too would go to pee and return and just sit on the bed and yes, fall asleep sitting up. I would literally be seated and staring at my pillow wondering why on earth am I not anxious to lie down when I knew I was exhausted. It just didn't make sense, but I would wake up like that many times a night. Soon I realized the there was no reason to go the bathroom, for I wasn't producing anything, and actually, I found myself falling asleep on the can! I did that frequently until I realized there was no need to even get up. So nearly every hour on the hour or so I would wake up (also noticing that my heart was racing as I sat up) and would just sit at the edge of my bed.

At first when I started to fall asleep while sitting up, I would slump and reawaken. I've even slumped and fallen or nearly fallen onto the floor! Even before this bizarre behavior got so bad, twice I actually rolled over and fell out of bed! That had never happened before. Anyhow, after awhile of sitting up frequently, I noticed I was able to sleep sitting up, without slumping. Many times a night I would wake up, sit up, and fall asleep sitting up, just as you described. At first it was only a few minutes I'd sleep sitting up, then a half hour, then even an hour or more! I was upright far more than I was lying down! And like so many, I was a zombie and was thoroughly exhausted during the day.

It wasn't until after being diagnosed and learning about this sleep apnea stuff, that I realized that the bizarre behavior was my body reacting to the apneas and whatever choking I might have been doing. My body was afraid to lie down, and at the time I simply couldn't figure out why. Thank god that doesn't happen anymore. ....... But I will admit this.... One time I was bad and skipped using my bipap for about three days, and on the third night, I was noticing that I was doing it again, sitting up. I didn't sleep sitting up, but it all seemed familiar. So you can bet, I put that mask on!

Thanks for making me feel like I was the only one.


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Postby bjd » Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:07 am

I have actually taken to sleeping sitting up as a remedy. Was diagnosed with severe apnea, but waiting for CPAP machine. Out of curiousity, I recorded a whole night on a digital recorder, and viewed the result (granted, audio only). Very loud snoring, gasping, etc. throughout, visible on a sound editor as impressively dense, high, jaggy waves. I remembered sleeping on airplanes without snoring, so took to sleeping sitting up, buying an inflatable "pool lounge chair" for the bed. Recorded sleeping on several nghts; amazing result? Totally flat line! No snoring, woke up feeling refrshed! Have done that since, and it seems to work--though I do miss the sensation of lying down!
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Postby lynn321 » Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:15 pm

from what Ive heard, sleeping sitting up makes no difference to apnea
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Postby teesmom » Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:49 pm

I've done it and thought it was really strange. I was like Linda, I would look at my pillow and wonder why I didn't just lie down. I've had my machine about a month now and whatever position I quit moving at is the position I wake up at. So, I guess my machine is doing something, although, I am still very tired and sleepy during the day. I hope it gets better soon.
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Postby sleepygirl » Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:46 pm

I read your question...and then read the answers so far. I am just amazed! Amazed that our bodies, even tho they are so different, react so much the same to something like this. When my apnea was at it absolutle worst, I too, would wake up in the night, sitting up. I wouldnt know HOW I got that way. Also..I would do the same thing---I would look at that pillow----and think why dont I just lay down???? Next thing I know, Im about to fall out of bed! I would do that many times, before I would MAKE myself lay down.
It scared me so bad---that I would do these things and not remember. Thats when I sought treatment...got my CPAP, and now for the most part, I sleep pretty good.
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Postby Litlblakclowd » Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:00 am

I have been reading the postings here. I am having a huge problem with my boyfriend sleeping sitting up. He falls asleep laying down but then pops up after like and hour, also with the sitting up he's talking in his sleep and yelling. Then when I wake him up he doesn't remember any of it and he gets mad at me and says he's not doing it. I haven't gotten sleep in a long time. He doesn't believe there is anything wrong. When he does sleep normaly he needs to lay a certain way and snores all night long and breathes funny. I'm worried he may have sleep apnea as some of you have described. I don't know how to get him to be concerned about it though.
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Postby teesmom » Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:49 am

Litlblakclowd, I know this may sound sneaky and not very nice, but I'm gonna say it anyway. Get out the video camera and tape him. The evidence is overwhelming!
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Postby timmay » Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:36 pm

I just recalled that some of my best, most peaceful sleep has come randomly while i fell asleep on the train or in the car. No pressure at all on my chest. No wonder I doze off so easily on the morning commute.
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Postby justcrazy?? » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:57 am

ok well i think i might just be weird, but i'm trying to research why i frequently wake up in the middle of the night sitting straight up. sometimes i dont even know i do it, however i'm told by my roommates who walked by my room that i did it. I don't have night terrors, and i don't have any problems breating aside from my lovely sinus'. Anybody else out there know whats going on with me?
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Postby SnowCajun » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:25 am

I purposely sleep in my chair sometimes, it leans back a bit and I put my feet up on the bed .. I thought it odd I did that but felt it helped .. It's strange to see others talking about that too.

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