I was recently dx'd with moderate OSA (almost severe, 29 AHI), I have yet to receive a CPAP or other treatment. This past week a new level has developed that I find quite frightening. I'm finding that as I am falling asleep I awaken immediately. I don't gasp but I find myself breathing deeply through my nose. There was only one night this week that I was able to fall asleep without using Ambien. I'm afraid that the Ambien might put me out so deeply that I might stop breathing and die in my sleep.
I had a precursor of this some months ago while traveling abroad. I was lying in bed early in the morning trying to fall back asleep when every so often I would take these involuntary deep breaths through one nostril. I was not asleep at all beforehand as far as I knew and once this happened a few times I could feel it coming on. These breaths came with a snorting sound, but when it's happened this week not so much sound.
I just looked over my sleep study report -- I did SNAP at home -- and it looks like 80% of my apneas are thought to be of central origin.
I am really freaked out. Help!