Wide awake in the middle of the night

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linnietee -1 point · almost 2 years ago

I have used cpap for 11 years now but recently have been suffering from night sweats due to menopause. I lay awake almost every night for at least an hour. I still keep my mask on during this time. Lately, my API has gone up to 7 or 8 events. Could awake breathing be affecting my overall API events?

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DanM +1 point · almost 2 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

Hi linnietee. Breathing normally while awake should not contribute to your AHI. Also, as we age and our bodies change, our CPAP pressure requirements can change. Have you considered discussing the need to have your CPAP pressure checked with your physician?

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sleeptech +0 points · 5 months ago Sleep Commentator

Actually, while you are awake your breathing is far more erratic that when you are asleep and, as your machine cannot tell if you are awake or asleep, this certainly can cause an increase in your AHI.

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linnietee +0 points · 5 months ago

This post is a follow up from a year ago. My night sweats were so bad that my physician and I decided to start hormone replacement therapy. I know all the side effects and waited to take the prescription until I couldn’t handle it anymore. I was so surprised to discover that not only did my hot flashes stop but my sleep apnea numbers per hour went way down! I now sleep soooo much better and my numbers are down. Ladies, if you are suffering from night sweats, maybe you should talk to your doctor. I am vigilant on monitoring by body and going to my doctor regularly for checkups. But as far as my sleep apnea episodes go I am feeling so much better. I guess you need to weigh out the side effects of HRTs vs. the side effects of sleep apnea.

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