Hi gang, hope everyone’s doing ok.
For many years, off and on, I’ve had this thing where just as I’m going off to sleep I feel that I’m not breathing and jolt myself awake in a panic. Sometimes it’s what’s known as ‘sleep paralyses’ where I can’t move my body at all, but I’ve taught myself to move my fingers which wakes me up.
A couple of times recently I’ve had a much more alarming sensation… in fact I had it last night.
I wake from a deep sleep with the sensation that I’m not breathing. I actually have to sit up and gasp for breath. Frightening… although strangely enough I got straight back to sleep.
At the same time it’s like there’s a torch shining in my eyes flashing on and off.
I’ve read about sleep apnea and about stomach acid causing the problem, but I have no sensation that my throat has closed up or no acid taste in my mouth. It just feels like my body has forgotten to breathe.
I dread the idea of going to a sleep clinic and being wired up for tests… and have such trouble sleeping in a strange bed… but it seems to diagnose sleep apnea that’s the only way.
Any ideas? Anyone experience this?
(Second time I’ve typed this post out. First time my ipad froze and I lost the post. This time I’m typing in ‘notes’ and will copy and paste!)