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When I start to fall asleep I stop breathing then I wake gasping for air. It's VERY scary! While I'm waiting to see the DR what should I do?

I believe I have one form or another of sleep apnea. Regardless, this is a very scary, uncomfortable situation. Last night I didn't finally fall asleep until 4am because every single time I started to doze off I would start gasping for air, I felt like was suffocating. I DO NOT trust my doctor [and my insurance is only accepted by this office so I have no other options] but I made an appointment anyway. I have to wait 16 business days for my appt and even then I only get to see a nurse practitioner. if I wanted an actual doctor I'd have to wait 3.5 months. What should I do here? I'm really afraid. I've tried adjusting my sleeping positions but other than that idk what to do?

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Sleep apnea will not be fatal within the next 16 days. It does cause a lot of problems over a long time, and even in 16 days it causes fatigue, which you probably already know. But either way, you're safe till you see the doctor.

Your body will automatically wake you up. I've used a C-Pap machine for the last nine months. It has a mask that goes over just your nose, or your nose and yr mouth, and makes it VERY easy to breath in. Some have humidifiers you can attach, if you have sinus problems or whatever. It's all a pain in the neck, but it works WONDERFULLY! And I feel so much better than before.

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Is it uncomfortable to sleep with? What if you're the type to toss and turn? Idk how I feel about wearing a machine to sleep.
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I thought it would be uncomfortable, but it really isn't and I got used to it REALLY fast. The tube connecting your mask to the unit is pretty long - plenty of room to roll over, etc. I don't feel hindered in any way. By the way, the machines they use these days is fairly small, not bulky like the old ones. And you get your mask fairly much fitted to you - either cover nose and mouth, or nose only. I chose nose only and have absolutely no problem breathing anymore. I get MUCH better sleep and solid sleep than I used to...
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Hailissa, I'm very glad I got the C-PAP machine, and use it every single night.
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Thanks for your feedback, I'll probably end up with one. Night like last night, I didn't have a single issue that I know of, but the night before was up to 4am with issues. Idk why it happens only sometimes but regardless of the fact you say it won't be fatal in the near future I am still scared to death. My biggest fear in life is suffocation.
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Sleep Apnea, it is somewhat common. Over weight people tend to get it. A Doctor might help.

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Any suggestions as to what I can do while waiting for my appointment?
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Try adding a fan blowing in your face.

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You might have a ghost in your home that wants to suck your breath out

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......this is a pretty serious concern.
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Yes it is serious. Lets hope the ghost doesn't succeed.
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Sleep apnea or COPD use pillows to raise your head while laying or better yet sleep in a recliner not all the way back but keep your head up some to breath easier

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As someone said a fan close to you
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