I am a 25 year old man with a case of Mild OSA, i will also be using a cpap whenever it gets delivered to me. However, along with the OSA i also have a very scary sleep problem that I have had for years. I have always had sleep paralysis. When I was a kid, I would sometimes wake up, not be able to move, and have trouble breathing. I felt like I was being suffocated in my pillow or something strange like that. Every instance was very scary.
Then at 18, I would begin to have a few episodes of sleep paralysis again, but this time, when I was paralyzed, my heart would race up to like 180 bpm (a guess) and it would pound so hard, but as soon as I woke up, it would stop....almost like it never happened at all.
Sleep paralysis went away for a few years. Now fast forward to the present. At 25, I get really bad episodes again. I always seem to get paralysis when I take a nap during the day, or if I wake up at night too early, and then go back to bed. Or if I sleep in to late. But ALWAYS during naps or if I go to bed too early.
And now its downright terrifying. I drift off to sleep, then after 5 minutes, I all of a sudden become conscious, but I am completely paralyzed, I can't move. And it feels like I can't breath. But the most distressing symptom is my heart literally races out of my chest and thuds so hard. Sometimes it goes so fast it feels more like a vibrating rather than beating. This terrifies me. Will I die from this? The crazy thing is, when I try to calm down, and just go with the paralysis, my heart slows down, But again, this is very important. As soon as I wake up, it all STOPS. Completely. No palpitations, no racing, nothing. But I always wake up gasping for air and moaning from fright. Its the most dreadful sensation in the world. The paralysis, the shortness of breath, the sensation of having an arrhythmia of some sort as i'm concious but paralyzed, then as soon as i wake up, BAM, its over. Of course, during my sleep study none of this happened. Can Sleep Apnea be related to my Sleep Paralysis episodes?