I have learned so much in talking with others who have sleep apnea. Our stories are amazingly similar.
As people tell me what their sleep was like before diagnosis and treatment, nearly all mention dreams, or should I say nightmares.
Most of us remember the nights when we would suddenly wake up, gasping for air, chest pounding, choking, arms or legs flailing, sweaty, scared. Wondering for a second, was it real or was I dreaming? I was dreaming.
While it’s interesting that so many fellow patients bring up the bad dreams, it’s remarkable that the dream themes are so similar!
The 3 main themes :
Water/drowning, treading water to the point of exhaustion and fear of drowning before waking up choking, gasping for air
Falling, falling, falling, an endless frightening feeling of falling and imminent death before the sudden awakening
Running from the boogeyman, being chased by someone or something ominous and waking up just before being caught
Can you relate?
I experienced both the drowning and the falling. How quickly that all stopped after successful treatment.