Forum · Could I be suffering from sleep apnea?

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[-] AmicablePinkLark0015 +0 points · 7 months ago

Im a 29 year old male, with normal wheight. About 3 weeks ago I had 2 instances of waking up at night with an adrenaline rush because I couldnt get any air, as soon as I woke up everything was back to normal and I got back to sleep. I thought it was just some mucus buildup from smoking too much and thought nothing of it. Then last week I was out and had a bit too much to drink so I slept on my back (i usually sleep sideways) and that night it happened again. So, still thinking this was harmless, out of curiousity I googled it the next day and came to sleep apnea and was pretty frightened that it is a serious condition that can lead to stroke and heart failure and Im worried since since (I also suffer from panic attacks related to my heart and check my pulse every day).

Things that speak against sleep apnea is that I have a pretty good sleep and im usually not tired at all during the day, even without coffee. I also recorded myself during sleep and I dont snore or anything, I just heard myself coughing maybe 3-4 times per night and talking once.

I just ordered something to check my blood pressure at home and will keep an eye on it, if its too high or this happens again I think im going to see a doctor about this.

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[-] Ruby +0 points · 7 months ago

The only way to tell if you have sleep apnea or not is to have a sleep study done. My own symptoms were that I would wake up a few times each night feeling like I needed to take a deep breath. My breathing slows down and my oxygen levels drop to pretty low levels. However, I don't smoke and never have. It sounds to me like a visit to your doctor is a good idea.

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 7 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

I am not sure what an adrenaline rush means as I have never woke up with such a thing nor did I have any clue I had sleep apnea before being diagnosed in a sleep study. I didn't know I stopped breathing and my blood O2 levels were in the tank for long periods. My wife noticed and took a video of me not breathing for a couple minutes then starting up with a gasp. I didn't wake up in the video.

If you think you have a sleep disorder, see your doctor and get set up for a sleep study as has already been pointed out. When I was diagnosed and went on PAP therapy, I bought a Pulse Oxymeter to measure not only my pulse rate but my SPO2 levels through the night to see if the therapy was effective in keeping my blood oxygen levels where they should be; they had previously been down in the low 70s for extended periods which is health-threatening. You either have or don't have sleep apnea and won't know till it is checked out.

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[-] BrightSpringbudSandpiper5105 +0 points · 7 months ago

Only way to be sure is a sleep study. I never felt tired either. I did snore but my wife said I stopped breathing and occasionally I would fully wake up with a "start" so had a sleep study and it turned out I has severe sleep apnea. That was 10 years ago.

I wouldn't have called it an adrenaline rush (no accelerated heart beat) but the sudden waking up because you couldn't get air is a symptom I experienced. Better to be safe than sorry get yourself tested.

There are other things that could cause that and it worth getting it checked out anyway. For instance I have something called barrett's oesophagus. Nothing to do with apnea and I have woken up with an adrenaline rush from it when I used to get a sudden reflux. Was rare but scared me a lot more than waking from the apnea stuff.

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[-] SarahCummings +0 points · 6 months ago

There are some common symptoms that can indicate that you might have a sleep apnea. The good thing is that you don't wake up feeling tired and if I understood you right, you do sleep well and do not snore. But, do you wake up with dry mouth? Are you suffering from headaches? Do you think that you forget things more than usual? And how about your interest in sex? If it's decreased that might be another sign of sleep apnea. Another thing you should pay attention to is whether you wake up with a sore jaw and sensitive teeth. However, if you are able to sleep well and do not snore, I believe you don't suffer from sleep apnea, because more or less, all the symptoms I have mentioned are consequence of not being able to have a healthy sleep. Anyway, you should visit a doctor, just to be sure.

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[-] GregariousHarlequinMouse7173 +0 points · 6 months ago

I have severe sleep apnea but never felt tired during the day. My husband noticed I stopped breathing during the night. Sometimes I would wake myself up gasping for breath with a loud snort. Sleep apnea is worse when on my back. Your doctor can order a home sleep study test. It's easy, do it at home, no need to do an overnight in the clinic.

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

The OP posted his questions TWENTY days ago and hasn't responded to any of the varied advice in this thread. By the way, the gasp/snort seems to be a fairly common occurance that a spouse notices and tips him/her to the possibility of sleep apnea. I wonder how many folks wake when this happens and how many keep right on snoring away? I never awoke and didn't believe my wife when she said she timed me at over a minute without breathing and then the gasp! The next night she took her cell phone and had video evidence the next day. Only thing typical about symptoms seems to be no two apnea sufferers have the same symptoms or are affected exactly the same.

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