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Tonight, I’m afraid to go to sleep. I’ve been waking up with a panic attack, feeling smothered, like death is imminent. Peripheral neuropathy pain in my feet keeps waking me up. I have a BIPAP, using nasal pillows, which I am liking after more than 15 years with a full face mask, but I wake up with my mouth so dry I can’t swallow. I usually get back to sleep after an hour or so, out of sheer exhaustion. I think I might be getting the flu or something, with aching, diarrhea and no energy. Or it could be depression. I have a therapy appointment today. Well, back to the bathroom, and maybe then another stretch of sleep.
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So sorry to hear that sleep was not coming easily last night, @jimhd. The panic part seems like it would feel downright scary. Were you finally able to get any rest? Did the panic attack ease any?
@jimhd I hope you got or get some sleep. I’m exhausted too, woke up at 5:00 and couldn’t get back to sleep. I may try again after breakfast – it’s 8:14 here now. I have no idea why this happens to me sometimes but it ruins my day when it does.
@lisalucier and @contentandwell
I was able to get back to sleep after an hour or so, and my wife woke me up at 12:30 so I’d have time to eat something and get to my therapy appointment. Now I’m drinking a mocha frappe at Dairy Queen to decompress.
I have had two tests for sleep apnea and was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea, about six incident a night. The masks seemed to make me wake up more frequently so I passed on them as the mask would slide over and block my breathing. I also have hiatal hernia, acid reflux, IBS with constipation, urinary urgency, and hemerrhoid. I never know which thing is waking me up. I sleep with elevated pillows which bothers my IBS. I recently had surgery on my nose – 90% blocked left septum, my enlarged turinate, and plastic surgery on my collapsing nostril walls. I hoped this would help my sleep apnea but the nose is still healing and I mostly breathe through my mouth. It is hard to sleep on my sides for the sleep apnea and to sleep raised up for my acid reflux when laying down flatter would help my IBS or else the IBS pressure keeps me awake. Since I retired at the end of 2016, I thought the relief from job stress would help, but the IBS and sleep apnea have gotten worse. Any thoughts?
@maureercria – have you tried nasal pillows? I just made 2 changes – from CPAP to BIPAP, and from full face mask to nasal pillows. I was on CPAP for 15 years, and had ongoing leakage problems. I have to choose side or back, too. Because of neuropathy pain in my feet, I have to change position often,
Have you tried propping up the head of the bed?
I do this too about 4 or 5 times a week. Sometimes it my restless legs and sometimes I just wake up for no reason. I am so tired of it. I have to cancel so many things because I am to tired to go out.
@maureercria you sure have a lot of conditions interfering with sleep, I’m sorry to hear that. I know that my biggest problem is very frequent bathroom trips. Most nights it’s hourly, last night it was more frequent than that!
I often sleep on an elevated pillow also, for Barrett’s Esophagus. I use a wedge under my pillow. Sometimes that gives me a sore neck so I often don’t use the wedge. We also have blocks under the bed’s legs to raise the head end of the bed. This was recommended by the doctor.
Good luck with all of this, I hope you are able to find some helpful solutions.
@lknightb I haven’t had a job in a number of years but I also have to sometimes not do something because of the fatigue not sleeping causes. Most often that is my water exercise. I always figure I would fall asleep in the pool and drown!
I have used the wedges under my pillows. I also have Barretts syndrome with pre-dysplasia. I have tried the blocks under the head of the bed. I kept sliding down the mattress. These were blocks made for that purpose of Barrett’s Syndrome. I make bathroom trips at least once an hour and ususally totally get about 5 to 6 hours of sleep at a time, sometimes less. I found that I did lessen abdominal pain or spasms by eliminating the Tylenol PM because I was only sleeping about 4 hours altogether at that time. It was nice lessen that. I am now trying out a urinary urgency blocker and full strength of IBS with Constipation pills. They say I have to keep taking them for several months to see if they help.
I’m with all of you. 22 years of sleep disorder and still need medication. Now need the Bi-Papmachine also that I am so grateful I was told I was snoring and did not know it. Tests showed I needed it and have it now. Supportive to you to try different options.
Makes me feel sad that you can you can’t do your water exercises. That’s what i’ve heard the circle of sleep deprivation is all about.
No sleep, do not eat well, drink too much caffein to stay awake that makes one not sleep, exercise to help you sleep is not done so we are more stressed, Stress adds to not sleeping, and pain so one can’t sleep…got to get it solved. Started a sleep program at Mayo that was very helpful, no TV, computer, in bedroom, not even pets in bed. Sleep journal and charted when sleep was available in those circumstances. Works for most people. And, here I am on the bright lights of a computer so I am not following the program today.
But feels good to communicate with you. Feels good and it’s so good to feel emotionally good when we go to sleep, thanks, Kristina
@maureercria – Myrbetric has helped me a lot. No more extreme urgency, and fewer nighttime bathroom runs. I never expected sleep to present such challenges. I can see how the blocks would make you slide down. I wonder if there’s a solution for that.
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