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.