So I’ve been medicated to sleep for 6 years because I have severe insomnia and I stupidly ran out of my meds last night and forgot until it was too late to do anything. I popped a Benadryl and laid down expecting a long night. I drifted in and out of sleep very inconsistently, mostly half awake. Around 5 I let the dogs out and back in, got in bed and drifted off on my back. My dentist has told me my mouth is built in a way I shouldn’t be able to breathe while I sleep. My dad has sleep apnea, but in an underweight young female and a stomach sleeper so I’ve never seen how it was possible—plus I don’t snore. Well, I became very aware of myself randomly, couldn’t move, couldn’t open my eyes and couldn’t breathe. It was probably only a few seconds but it felt like minutes that I struggled until I finally regained control of my body. It was terrifying and I was gasping for air. It wasn’t like I had just stopped breathing, it felt like my throat was closed or something in the way. I’m not sure if anyone else has experienced this but I wonder if my usual sleep meds, since they allow me to go down easier and comfortably on my stomach, are preventing me from having these episodes cuz I couldn’t imagine sleeping on my back when I’m on my meds but it was the only thing comfortable last night.

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