Most nights I am awoken by breathing difficulties - usually in a panic because I have stopped breathing and have to sit up and force myself to inhale and exhale.
I have spoken to my GP and more recently a cardiology registrar, both of whom have left me bewildered by their 'dont know' responses. The registrar listened to my chest and also the recent xray, and told me there wasnt any fluid in the lungs and nor can he here any 'rattle'. I asked whether something was building up in my airways each night which would give the telltale rattle and eventual blockage. He said he didnt know!
This has made me research online to try to understand what is going on.
Yes, mucus can build up in the airways at night. The online advice to clear it is to take sips of cold water. It works! However, after weeks and months of sleep deprivation, I would like a better result other than taking sips of water every ten to twenty minutes of the night.
I had previously tried sleeping upright, but found that when I did doze off, I slipped down the pillows or rolled sideways to get comfy.
Last night I decided, after getting comfy in the corner of my L shape settee to watch a film, and falling asleep for most of it(happens a lot these days!) that I would get sheet and duvet and sleep upright there.
IT WORKED!!!!! I slept! The corner, plus arranged cushions of support, and I slept all night without 'rattle' or breathing difficulties awakening me.
You wont believe how good I feel.
However, I will still push the issue with my GP and cardiology people.