This happened to me for the first time ever last night and it was really terrifying. What happened was this:
- Woke up feeling like I was drowning
- Throat felt like it was closed, could not properly breathe for 15-20 seconds, although perhaps this was from the adrenaline
- Throat also felt dry
I’m worried that I’ve been mishandling my CPAP to an extent, although I generally try to follow the care rules.
I soak my mask/tubing/etc. in a vinegar solution every weekend, replace the filter every month or so, and haven’t had it quite long enough to replace the tubing/mask (around 3 months).
I have the ResMed AirSense 10 (with nose pillows) and haven’t experienced anything like this before. Has anybody had a similar experience? Sometimes I don’t use the humidity setting, like I did last night, but this is a first for me.
I’m a concerned about this — I felt like I was going to suffocate even after removing my mask!