Does Sleep Apnea cause weird dreams?

Posted by jjspokane61 @jjspokane61, Dec 17, 2018

I'm wondering if anyone else has dreams about drowning due to sleep apnea? These dreams are part of the reason I went ahead and starting CPAP usage. After 2 weeks on the machine I skipped one night and had that same horrible dream… I'm jumping into the water, I'm under the water and desperately trying to get to the surface… my lungs are screaming for air… I can't make it to the surface but I have to breath and take in a huge breath… that's when I wake up in a terrified state… anyone else experience something like this??

I also have had the experience of waking up "breathless"… awoke and found myself breathing hard – almost panting – on awakening. Wondering if anyone else has experienced?

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@jjspokane61

I also have had the experience of waking up "breathless"… awoke and found myself breathing hard – almost panting – on awakening. Wondering if anyone else has experienced?

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Hi @jjspokane61 I have had this experience, but only after experiencing night terrors. Luckily as I have aged I get them less often, but when I do they are truly terrors and always the same — ever since my first back in junior high days, which was a L-O-N-G time ago!

I do not have sleep apnea so I unfortunately cannot give you any insight into that aspect of your question. Perhaps others will be able to help with that.

This link explains a bit about night terrors.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-terrors/symptoms-causes/syc-20353524
Strength, courage, and peace!

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Thanks for your response… however, I can't access the link you inserted? I get "403 – Forbidden: Access is denied. You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials you supplied." I'm logged in as me… so not sure why?

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Hi @jjspokane61 I'm sorry the link didn't work. I was able to access it when I clicked it. Maybe try clearing your browser history and see if that works? Let us know if you are still unable to access the link.

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@jjspokane61

Thanks for your response… however, I can't access the link you inserted? I get "403 – Forbidden: Access is denied. You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials you supplied." I'm logged in as me… so not sure why?

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Hi @jjspokane61 I am trying again!
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-terrors/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353529
Hoping this works for you!

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I too had nightmares from sleep apnea and I think the CPAP contributed as well.I often woke up out of breath and shaking all over….even with the CPAP.
Knowing the CPAP was needed to live, I tried to wear as much as I could. I dealt with severe sleep apnea for 13 years. I hated it and always was researching another treatments, which many I paid out of pocket without success. Last year, the FDA approved a surgical implant I had been reading about the past several years. It TRULY has saved my life. PLEASE research Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation. It is surgically implanted and is in tune with your breathing NOT apneas. It is so new, many doctors do not even know about it. I share the information with everyone I can. It is only performed now at the countries top hospitals, Emory, Vanderbilt, etc. I had mine done at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC. They were incredible and my life has been changed. I sleep, my color is better, depression better…a true miracle!!!!! Inspire is the only company I know that makes the implant but are there at the hospital every step of the way. Their website has a wealth of information. They fight for their patients too in obtaining approval from insurance companies.Please check it out!! Good luck!

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I have had such horrific nightmares since the beginning of 2018. I lost 40 lbs and my CPAP mask has been coming off.

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@mygrain316

I too had nightmares from sleep apnea and I think the CPAP contributed as well.I often woke up out of breath and shaking all over….even with the CPAP.
Knowing the CPAP was needed to live, I tried to wear as much as I could. I dealt with severe sleep apnea for 13 years. I hated it and always was researching another treatments, which many I paid out of pocket without success. Last year, the FDA approved a surgical implant I had been reading about the past several years. It TRULY has saved my life. PLEASE research Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation. It is surgically implanted and is in tune with your breathing NOT apneas. It is so new, many doctors do not even know about it. I share the information with everyone I can. It is only performed now at the countries top hospitals, Emory, Vanderbilt, etc. I had mine done at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC. They were incredible and my life has been changed. I sleep, my color is better, depression better…a true miracle!!!!! Inspire is the only company I know that makes the implant but are there at the hospital every step of the way. Their website has a wealth of information. They fight for their patients too in obtaining approval from insurance companies.Please check it out!! Good luck!

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@mygrain316 Thanks for the info… I don't think my sleep apnea is bad enough to consider an implant – but it's good to know that such a thing exists! Glad it worked for you!!

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