I was recently diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea, with an AHI of 57.2. I’ve been so excited to move on to the next phase of the sleep study and use the CPAP. I really thought it was going to help me so much.

I’m shocked at how badly the sleep study went. We tried two different masks (honestly, both masks felt fine and had no leaks, the sleep technician was just scrambling to try something different.)

I don’t find the masks uncomfortable at all, they don’t bother me. What happened during the study is that I would fall asleep, and then immediately upon falling asleep my airway would close and I would choke as the air tried to force my airway back open again. No matter what we tried, this happened 20 + times as i tried to sleep. As soon as I fell asleep I would wake up hyperventilating, choking, heart racing.

Is it just me or – is something wrong here? Surely the air pressure is too high or something, right? The sleep technician acted like it’s just something i had to ‘get used to’. How do you get used to your throat closing and you literally choking on too much air and feeling like you’re suffocating?!

I’m so discouraged and shocked! I had no idea that my experience would be like this. 🙁

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