I'd like to know the danger of falling a sleep with out my CPAP on ? I do this quite offten. At times I awake gasping for breath,feel like I've been running,asking God please don't let me die.
Most of the time if I don't have it on I sleep o.k.
Please let me know the danger. Thanks
I have had this same problem and have had to discipline myself that whenever there is a possibility I may fall asleep I put my mask on. I know it is no convenient if you are watching television or something else but consider the alternatives.
In my professional opinion, one cannot die directly from sleep apnea. I have not heard of any known case nor have I seen it happen in our area with all the patients I have seen. Site a case and i would be happy to acknowledge it as a correlation. Usually Sleep Apnea is a sign that something else is going on, a complication of another disease like heart disease. There are other risk factors like, the majority of patients that come my way wth sleep apnea have other condition like heart disease , they are over weight since 54% of Americans are overweight when they are 45-50 years of age.
Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to transmit signals to your breathing muscles. Central sleep apnea can be caused by a number of conditions that affect the ability of your brainstem — which links your brain to your spinal cord and controls many functions such as heart rate and breathing — to control your breathing. The cause varies with the type of central sleep apnea you have.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: usually over weight patients have this problem. So being over weight is the issue not the sleep apnea. Work on the weight and the sleep apnea will lessen!
The point is everyone is blaming Sleep Apnea when in fact it is the condition that creates sleep apnea the complication of being overweight or having a large neck, hypertension, diabetes, and yes even the drugs you are on. I wonder how many people here are using drugs whether legal or illegal, they all have an effect on brain signals that trigger muscles to relax.
I could go on and on about the causes. I am not overweight but I present with medications for a severe injury that I sustained, Addisons disease, numerous surgical interventions through the anterior neck and spondylolisthesis and compression fractures of the vertebra. All these issues can casue sleep apnea. I have not used a C-PAP and I have yet to die ten year later. Patients need to look at the root cause of their breathing difficulties. I have seen so many mis-diagnosis in my field and at times I will intervene and take charge. Advising a patinet that presents with the symptoms of sleep apnea are treated with a C-PAP and the underlying real medical issues are ignored and that is why morbidity occurs.
I can only recommend those with suspected sleep apnea or those who are diagnosed after a thorough exam and testing be further evaluated for conditions that can cause sleep apnea like Cardiomyopathy and other heart failures, Have your EJ checked; that is your ejection fraction of your heart. Have your airway examined by a ENT for obstructions or possible muscular irregularities/ narrowing. Hypertension, Diabetes, Brain signals, EXCESSIVE WEIGHT, truthful statement regarding drugs one is taking, dont tell you then risk becomming a fatality and dont blame it on sleep apnea!
Many people don't think of snoring as a sign of something potentially serious, and not everyone who has sleep apnea snores. Ask your doctor about any sleep problem that leaves you chronically fatigued, sleepy and irritable. Excessive daytime drowsiness (hypersomnia) may be due to other disorders, such as narcolepsy.
Guess what I was having the same issue, extremely sleepy during the day could not make it home. Guess what I had>>>>>>>>>> Addisons Disease NOT sleep apnea!
Remember, central sleep apnea usually is the result, rather than the cause, of heart disease. Remember this statement. Its not mine it comes from many medical societies and even the Mayo clinic makes this statement.
For those who state that heart disease, hypertension, weight gain, strokes, fatigue, obesity, gasping for breath, depression, cardiac arrythmias, swelling of hands and feet is caused by sleep apnea are mis-spoken and there are no valid studies suggesting such that I am aware of. If there are by a reputable medical society, or group, please forward the web page to me. Be careful of web sites that are not reputable or have no connection with medical affiliations.
And the odds of getting hit by a bus while you're sleeping with a CPAP are even less, so that's another argument for wearing it....
Eric James Bennett said:If you have it use it.. I do the same thing and my wife's best friend is a nurse and she is all over me all of the time because there is the chance you may not wake up.. Of course you may get hit by a bus today also but, heck why not lessen the odds. good luck..