Sleep apnea and panic attacks - wife does not understand
England-after 5 weeks no sleep and panic attacks I discovered sleep apnea and got referred.(no mention from doctor just pills!)
Test show apnea throughout night-I now have had m/c and full mask for 3 days.
I still struggle with claustrophobia and panic. Worst thing is my wife does not understand panic attacks and thinks I am mad!
Your site has been really useful and I will use exercises to try to get used to mask and pressure to breath.
I guess question is how can you make people aware of theses panic terrors especially on your own at 3am with this condition.
Great info on site
You could explain your wife that panic attacks
is a common side effect of people with untreated sleep apnea.
Tell her that each apnea episode dumps a lot of adrenaline into your system. This also happens when you are being suffocated and your body sets of the fight or flight
This video will explain more about fight or flight
And once you start experiencing panic attacks, your body is more determined to have them.
Furthermore, the less sleep you get, the easier it is to set yourself up for a panic attack.
And in this video you will learn why a good sleep is so important to overcome panic attacks:
How should your wife react to your panic attacks? Well, maybe this video explains better:
I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide