I stop breathing while falling asleep.

Posted by trippangie17 @trippangie17, Jun 10, 2012

Just as my body relaxes and I begin to fall asleep, I find myself not breathing. Sometimes I do fall asleep and wake up breathing fast. I then begin relaxing and my breathing slows down; I feel myself wanting to breath, but my body won’t until I “wake” myself up enough to breath again.
I have a bi-pap machine for moderate sleep apnea, but I do it with machine on. I can’t use a c-pap because I feel as though I’m being suffocated.
I was born not breathing. My apgar scale was 1 after 1 min. They did cpr for 20 min. before I began breathing on my own.
Anyone else with similar problems?

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hi i was diagnosed with sleep apnea i stop breathing 36 times during the night according to a sleep test i am not sure what is normal so do not know if this is serious or not would like some replys if possible

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@trippangie17 were you able to get to the bottom of your breathing issues? You’re describing exactly what I’m having now. Even with bipap I stop breathing while I fall asleep. Did anything solve it for you?

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Perhaps you need a new sleep study. There are many possible diagnoses, and more advanced breathing machines. I use a Trilogy machine, and have a diagnosis of Cheynne Stokes Respiration.

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@bobjanet55yahooca

hi i was diagnosed with sleep apnea i stop breathing 36 times during the night according to a sleep test i am not sure what is normal so do not know if this is serious or not would like some replys if possible

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I had 78 so yours is not that high; however, any sleep apnea event is not good so treating is needed. I would also recommend going back to you doctor for advice.

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I was having issues a few months ago, stopping breathing. I'm on BIPAP. But I was also having some weird very strange anxiety at night, trying to get to sleep. I would fall asleep, and a minute later wake up. I looked at my BIPAP logs using a free software called SleepyHead. It showed I was having Central Apneas when trying to get to sleep. My sleep doctor said that if it is just a few at the beginning of sleep, that is normal. Because your body is transitioning to sleep and has to switch to autonomic breathing.

I bought a Contec SpO2 watch sensor, to record my heart rate and oxygen levels. It was showing my oxygen levels dropping to low 80's, and I would have a central apnea episodes for 10-20seconds each. Several in a row. I had my watch alarm me to wake me up if my oxygen dropped. This drove me insane and induced anxiety in me. I had extreme anxiety trying to get to sleep.

I eventually found that I had blood clots in my lungs. DVT/PE which was one reason for oxygen dropping. When in the hospital they started me on blood thinners. After recovering from that and being on blood thinners, it has helped to resolve a lot of my issues.

If you have a lot of Central Apnea's that continue to happen, you may need another sleep test or a different BIPAP machine that has a backup rate, that will help force you to breathe and take a breath. The basic BIPAP machines do not have this feature. If you quit breathing, they will do nothing to help you breathe.

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I was having a horrible time sleeping at night and they sent me home with an "at home" test that I did in Phoenix at a friends house, it showed mild sleep apnea. They put me on a CPAP machine. I went through 1 year of being on a regular sleep pap machine with no resolution. I finally went to another doctor who put me through a formal study, also in Phoenix. This allowed for us to change the settings. However, I was having larger Central Sleep Apnea events, they decided to try me on 3 liters of oxygen while I am sleeping. This has allowed me to sleep better. It appears that I have High Altitude Sleep Apnea and/or Complex Sleep Apnea.

The only way to get put on an ASV machine would be to do a sleep study at altitude.

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@warpedtrekker

I was having issues a few months ago, stopping breathing. I'm on BIPAP. But I was also having some weird very strange anxiety at night, trying to get to sleep. I would fall asleep, and a minute later wake up. I looked at my BIPAP logs using a free software called SleepyHead. It showed I was having Central Apneas when trying to get to sleep. My sleep doctor said that if it is just a few at the beginning of sleep, that is normal. Because your body is transitioning to sleep and has to switch to autonomic breathing.

I bought a Contec SpO2 watch sensor, to record my heart rate and oxygen levels. It was showing my oxygen levels dropping to low 80's, and I would have a central apnea episodes for 10-20seconds each. Several in a row. I had my watch alarm me to wake me up if my oxygen dropped. This drove me insane and induced anxiety in me. I had extreme anxiety trying to get to sleep.

I eventually found that I had blood clots in my lungs. DVT/PE which was one reason for oxygen dropping. When in the hospital they started me on blood thinners. After recovering from that and being on blood thinners, it has helped to resolve a lot of my issues.

If you have a lot of Central Apnea's that continue to happen, you may need another sleep test or a different BIPAP machine that has a backup rate, that will help force you to breathe and take a breath. The basic BIPAP machines do not have this feature. If you quit breathing, they will do nothing to help you breathe.

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did you present other symptoms to test for a PE

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@sleepysonic

did you present other symptoms to test for a PE

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Hi @sleepysonic, Welcome to Connect. I'm not sure @warpedtrekker is still following Connect but hopefully they will see your reply and can answer your question.

Do you mind sharing what brought you to Connect, what you were searching for?

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