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Waking Up Hyperventilating

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Does anyone wake up hyperventilating at night? On my worse nights I don't sleep because of the disordered breathing pattern I have when I am in bed, and so I only sleep very lightly and wake up frequently as if to take over my breathing consciously.

On the nights when I do sleep I wake up sweating during the night but at least it is more restful.

Does anyone have these symptoms?

I wonder if it is because I sleep on only one pillow as I find more rather uncomfortable is this likely?

Thank you all so much.x

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I have done this several times. I have no idea what causes or triggers it.

I wake up basically having a panic attack. It takes forever for my heart rate and breathing to calm down enough to get back to sleep. :(

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Yes, shortness of breath/trouble with breathing is probably my daughter's worse symptom. She said she can handle pain, tachycardia, etc. but the breathing thing is really scary. So far the doctors have not been able to figure out why.

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I have done this on occasion but not regularly. Have you had sleep studies? I would think that would be the best place to start to find out what's going on with this.

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It seems like there have been quite a few people on here that have similar issues. I was having this problem all the time a couple months ago, but it has mostly gone away now. I have no idea what caused it or what helped it go away. I did change my dosage times for taking my beta blocker, so maybe this helped? Wish I could offer some suggestions! This is definitely not a fun thing to deal with :( Hope you start getting some sleep soon!

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used to get that before medication.

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I have lots of extra issues if I'm not propped up higher while sleeping - or if I sleep on my back (or left side... :huh: ). It might be worth trying to figure out an elevated pillow configuration that you can get comfortable with and/or, if you haven't already, check to see if there is any connection to your position at the time. I hope it will be a passing thing for you!

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Have you elevated the head of your bed? This really helped me. My BP gets so low at night, that I think my brain gets in panic mode to make me wake up. And yes im all sweaty, and more fatigued. I hate pillows, so putting blocks under head of bed was how we accomplished it. Not a cure mind you, but it helped.

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