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Do other people wake up-scary

For the past two days I've been waking up to me making snorting/snoring and gasping noises. I've been single for a long time so no one else to hear me while sleeping. I'm going to try and get a gp appointment tomorrow but I've always heard that people don't wake up with sleep apnea. I'm worried, it's so scary. I've had headaches in the morning too. Does anyone else wake up?

  1. Thank you Lori. I already sleep on my side. I've just spoken to a GP and she said usually people are unaware of sleep apnea so she's not sure if it's that. She said a referral to sleep clinic could take ages, I'm going in for a face to face this afternoon. Do you know if the mandibular mouth guards or tongue guards work? Thank you

    1. Hi . My husband tried a tongue guard and was very frustrated with it. Many people here have had good luck with various mouth devices though. So much depends on what you are comfortable with and what type of sleep apnea you have. I am glad you are meeting with your doctor face-to-face. While many people do not know they have sleep apnea, there are plenty of people, like my husband, whose apnea is so severe that they do wake themselves up at times. Please advocate for yourself and push for that sleep study no matter how long it takes. If it is a choice between waiting and not going to a sleep clinic at all, waiting is a good option. Many clinics offer at-home sleep studies so you don't have to wait for a bed to open up in their clinics, so it might not take as long as your doctor thinks. Here is an article about choosing a sleep clinic that might interest you: I hope the appointment goes well. - Lori (Team Member)

  2. Hi . My husband's sleep apnea woke him up frequently. It can be pretty scary. His heart rate was often elevated as well when he woke up, probably because he was panicking. If this came on suddenly, it's possible another health condition is causing an obstruction or swelling in your sinuses. If it is sleep apnea, you will likely find that you haven't really been sleeping well for a long time. You just didn't realize it. You will be surprised by how much better you feel after sleeping with a CPAP machine. Regardless, you are smart to make an appointment right away. While you are waiting for an evaluation, you could try sleeping on your side. Many people with sleep apnea get relief that way. I hope this helps and that you get answers and relief. Keep us posted if you don't mind. I will be thinking of you. - Lori (Team Member)

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