By runthe Latest Reply 2012-11-30 14:40:23 -0600
Started 2010-04-12 11:08:50 -0500

Hello everyone, I hope that all is well with you. I just wanted to know if anyone is experiencing this problem that i am having. I often wakes up at night trying to breathe, it seems that i stop breathing or something. Some nights is worse that others. Is this something I should be concern about or is this something that happens to diabetics. Looking forward to some feedback. Hope everyone have a bless and happy day. runthe

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Nana_anna 2012-11-30 14:40:23 -0600 Report

That is called signs of sleep apnea. Which I have. I use a CPAP to or oxygen. You need to let your Dr. know. They will set up an appointment to get tested for that. You will either go to a clinic or your local hospital, and they will do a sleep sound study. You will have to spend the night, be hooked up on their monitors. They will test you off the Cpap machine half of the night, and then the other half with it on. Its painless. You will be connected and glued, litterally to a bunch of wires. From head to toe, so be prepared for that. Its actually relaxing. I went through that process. I am glad I did.

KG66 2012-08-05 21:47:37 -0500 Report

I've gotten that lately too! It worries me! The one night I fell asleep with my boyfriend and I thought it was just because he was hugging me but when I sleep alone it's the same thing! I was tested for sleep apnea a few years ago but didn't sleep :P

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-01 11:38:11 -0500 Report

This only happens to me when my BG drops, and I also get very hot along with the not being able to breath.

Nana_anna 2012-05-01 13:09:05 -0500 Report

@ Jeannie, I also wear a CPAP. I love it to. When I don't use, I don't get a good night's sleep like I do with the Cpap. It helps me so much!

troublemaker27 2012-04-30 16:22:33 -0500 Report

well i slept allright i go to bed everynight at ten p.m.
and wake up at 5a.m.
but on weekends i sleep late.
i try to wake up early on weekends
but i wake up at ten am
so is everyone ok today?
i hope no one is crabby.
good bye

jayabee52 2012-05-01 03:36:57 -0500 Report

I usually wake by 6AM PT zone. I do that cause I can call my gf "SQ" who is in CT zone. Talking to her makes both of our days better. I will be meeting her for our 1st time in about 2 weeks.

I pray you had a good day yesterday and a better day when you get up today!

ali315 2011-09-04 20:02:36 -0500 Report

i wish you the best of luck i suffer from sleep apnea and im at a point were i dont even sleep at night right anymore due to it but i pray every night and i know that our lord will help me through this.good luck and may god bless you.

chief2156 2011-07-27 04:30:46 -0500 Report

hey, I won't worry about it to much, no one they have different type of mask that you can try that are alot more comfortable. I had to wear one for about 10 years so I know what you are going through. They are not the best thing to sleep with. The key to getting off these things is losing weight. I lost 78lbs and was able to come off mine. That's what every doctor I have talked to has told me so I hope this helps you good luck and God bless.

runthe 2010-12-22 23:43:25 -0600 Report

Hi all, I just got an called from sleep clinic, and they told me that I have sleep apena. They have prescribe a CPAP machine. I am suppose to receive it about a week…

joni55 2011-01-04 21:47:03 -0600 Report

I wish you the best with it. I hope it helps.

runthe 2011-01-04 22:23:30 -0600 Report

Thanks Joni55 I received my cpap machine yesterday.

runthe 2011-01-06 11:23:37 -0600 Report

Well I'm not used to it yet. I find myself waking up often throughout the night. I guess in about a month I probably would of gotten used to it. I hope lol

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2011-01-06 11:29:47 -0600 Report

It took me a few weeks. I just got a new one and even it takes getting used too!! You'll find that you get to the point you can't sleep without it!

runthe 2011-01-06 16:15:10 -0600 Report

I have to wear it even if I take naps. I guess it is suppose to help me sleep better. My dr said that It is a lifetime thing..

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2011-01-06 16:48:54 -0600 Report

I wear mine when I nap. Like I said before you'll get to the point you can't sleep without it. It's really bad when we lose our electricity!!!

Brenda_B 2011-01-06 18:02:04 -0600 Report

Hey Jeannie. I have had problems with losing electricity. Since I live out of town a bit sometimes it take a while to get it restored. I figued out what to do. I have an adapter from the power thing in my truck and a VERY LONG extension cord… LOL… hey it works. The Cpap doesn't use much electricity so it doesn't drain the truck battery.
*** Necessity the mother of invention

runthe 2011-01-06 17:45:24 -0600 Report

I know how the power will go out in the middle of the night sometimes. My husband turned the power off my first night by accident. lol

dhaus 2010-10-27 13:21:04 -0500 Report

I have the same problem. I am 55 and had the doc check it out. It is called sleep apnea. You need to have it checked out because you will feel so much better after you get caught up on your sleep (it causes sleep deprivation). The doc will prescribe a CPAP machine. Good luck and God bless.

mo91108 2010-10-27 12:07:02 -0500 Report

Maybe you should go to the sleep center near your town and see if you have sleep apnea. Best of luck

klfrcmom 2010-10-27 07:40:36 -0500 Report

That's actually how I found out I had diabetes… I thought I had sleep apnea… had problems staying awake during the day and my kids told me there were times at night when I would stop breathing and then start up again.

jennih 2010-10-01 01:08:53 -0500 Report

i sometimes experience the same thing and im glad you posted this! I was thinking sleep apnea?????

newbie51 2010-09-13 06:57:02 -0500 Report

I have a cpap machine and I am still trying to get used to it. I am glad that the doctor is sending you for a sleep study. Let us know when it is and what happens. Good luck. Judith

sweetsandy1959 2010-09-11 14:55:10 -0500 Report

I have the cpap machine but i can't get used to it ,why do i have such a problem with the mask i have tried 3 mask and i still can't breath good .I can't sleep good because of me waking up gasping for air what can i do ? ((ANYONE PLEASE GIVE ME SUGGESTIONS))

2010-10-30 21:49:02 -0500 Report

Did you try different sizes of the face mask? I used a large mask until last week when I tried a small one, and I like that better. You also have to have the straps pulled tight to make a good fit, so you don't have any air coming out around the mask. Good luck. I've been using a c-pap for over 10 years, once you get the mask to fit snuggly you won't mind it at all. I talked to my doctor about being so sleepy all day. He said thats why I wear the c-pap at night, sleep apnea is not being able to sleep and I also snored, which is a sin of sleep apnea. Also Snoring is a big sign of sleep apnea. If you know a snorrer talk them into getting a sleep study done. good luck Pat. small

dhaus 2010-10-27 13:23:05 -0500 Report

Sandy, ask the tech for nasal pillows. I use pillows and it is less stressful. Also, have the machine set to "ramp up" which means that the machine starts really low and slowly increases the air flow. But you should be asleep by the time it is at full flow.

klfrcmom 2010-10-27 07:41:44 -0500 Report

there's a dentist that advertises in my area something about folks who can't tolerate a CPAP machine… checkw tih your dentist and see what he/she says. I will see if I can find the guys name/number and post here for yo.

jayabee52 2010-09-11 15:19:53 -0500 Report

I wish I had a good suggestion for you, 'cause when my bride was alive she had apnea and wasn't able to use a CPAP either, cause she couldn't tolerate the mask.

We DID buy a bed which elevated our heads (about 30°) and she had fewer problems with the apnea. When we were away from home she had to prop her head up on several pillows.

BTW: Sandy, a BIG WELCOME to you to our DC family!

Blessings to you and yours!


Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-06-14 23:33:16 -0500 Report

Hi! It sounds like you have sleep apnea. I use a bi-pap breathing machine with oxygen. It breathes for me when I stop breathing. My problem is from having polio when I was 18 months old. please get a sleep study done. It's like going to a hotel for the night. With wires all over your head. Sleep good
Your Friend

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-04-22 14:23:02 -0500 Report

Sleep apnea is really serious. My mother died from complications from it. I have it and use a CPAP machine. I sleep so much better now. It does take getting use to but worth it.

joni55 2010-05-06 23:08:48 -0500 Report

How does the CPAP machine differ from using oxygen at night, which I do. I know my mom has one but she doesn't live near here and I have not seen it.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-05-10 09:56:03 -0500 Report

It isn't oxygen you get. You just get puffs of air.

joni55 2010-05-11 00:20:31 -0500 Report

Okay. I really feel drained if I don't use the oxygen at night. I seem to rest better with it.

jayabee52 2010-05-11 02:21:20 -0500 Report

Joni, My MIL used a cpap when she was alive and she used an O2 concentrator with it. There was a place to connect the concentrator tubing to the mask somehow. If your Dr thinks you might need a cpap machine they do a sleep study and measure your breathing, O2 levels and other things. If it is shown you could benefit from Cpap then let your Dr and DME provider know you need the mask which has an O2 connector. Maybe it already comes with a place to connect the tubing, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

joni55 2010-05-11 08:46:31 -0500 Report

Thank you! I have a concentrator. I have had sleep studies done but they never seemed to come up with anything. I just know I feel better after a night of oxygen.

Emma2412 2010-05-20 14:45:27 -0500 Report

Yeah, I agree with Jeannie. It sounds like sleep agnea. Tell your doctor. He'll send you for one of those tests where they'll monitor you and see what's going on when you're sleeping. I forget what it's called.

2010-04-18 19:24:48 -0500 Report


I had that problem. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, it is a medical condition that obstructs your airway and makes it difficult for you to breath. I was put on a breathing machine called a CPAP, this helped to push air where it was needed to help me breath. I have since lost quite a bit of weight and I no longer struggle with this issue. But please get checked out, and let your Doctor know you have this problem, it is not healthy.

Mary Mackey
Mary Mackey 2010-04-16 21:45:47 -0500 Report

I have the same problem at night, I wake up alot,can't sleep then I use the bathroom alot also. I need to check with the dr because I also have alot of mucous buildup and I sleep with a little bucket next to my bed to throw up the mucous. Does anyone have any sugestions, what would be good for these problems?

Brenda_B 2010-09-30 23:50:53 -0500 Report

you really need to discuss this with your doctor. I have a filter on my Cpap machine … get those little mold spore that float around at night… I have found I have a LOT less mucous since I have been using it. And less moring dry nose. Cpap good thing… really hard to get used to though.

Hinboyz3 2010-04-16 19:40:31 -0500 Report

Hi Ruthe, I have nights like this too, more now than before. Some nights I sleep just fine but some nights Im up at 2 30am - 5am. Just flipping thru the tv channels. It's something I need to let my dr know about, maybe you should bring it up to you doctor too. Just make sure your checking your levels and things should be just fine. Hope it helps.

susiemaeemily 2010-04-20 19:56:27 -0500 Report

I have that too, But usually I can track it to something I have eaten. I cannot have caffiene. I don't mind too much because I am retired.

joni55 2010-04-14 17:12:45 -0500 Report

Have you ever had a sleep study done? I had a couple but they didn't come up with anything. I do, however, use oxygen when I sleep at night and it helps me to get a more restful night. I started this after I had pneumonia real bad a few years ago. I love it.

kartist1 2010-04-13 20:23:59 -0500 Report

Dear Runthe:

You may have "sleep abnea", like I do not sure on the spelling. I sleep with a breathing machine at night that opens my air ways , that fits over my nose and mouth. Mine was real bad before.

They also have in store products for you mouth at a smaller cost. You can also have a sleep test done through your doctor referrals. I do not sleep with it as much now-I try sleeping on my side and have a glass of water by my bed side.

I hope this helps you. Glad that you are back-take it easy and 1 minute at a time. We all must make this jorney together. I will tell you my story soon a testimony or 2 or 3…smile Keep it

reall honey…take your med's, and check your sugar levels. Mine are around 120's. Anything heger than 150 oppps I did something crazy like having 2 slices of pie, smile

spiritwalker 2010-04-12 14:20:25 -0500 Report

You want to share this information with your Dr. He will want
to have you tested for sleep apnea. Its a serious condition,
but there are several things that can be done to assist you.
Good Luck.

MAYS 2010-04-12 13:17:19 -0500 Report

Hello !
I agree with ptsparkle, it can be sleep apnea, many doctors request test for this with diabetics and asthma sufferer's, check out the site that he listed for more info and talk to your doctor about your concerns, take good care of yourself !


Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-04-12 11:30:46 -0500 Report

Have you discussed it with your GP? I suggest going to a pulmonologist to see if you have sleep apnea. That's a condition where you stop breathing and the effort to breathe again causes you to wake up often just like you discribed. It can be corrected depending on the cause.

Here's one of the basic websites about sleep apnea and lots more can be found on other websites:

I have this condition and it's not fun. It can actually be dangerous and lead to more severe medical conditions including diabetes. Hope you find the help you need.

runthe 2010-04-12 11:47:36 -0500 Report

Thanks Deborah L. for the infomation. I should of mention that I am already a diabetic. I was diagnosed last year.

joni55 2010-04-14 17:16:26 -0500 Report

My mom snores so loud from sleep apnea that when I lived in the apartment above her, I could hear her snore at night. She is using a machine now.

joni55 2010-04-14 17:17:31 -0500 Report

On the upside, when I was younger and living at home, I used to wake up and night and be real scared. When I heard her snoring, I knew that everything was okay and I could go back to sleep.

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