I hope you knowledgeable people can help me out here, as the research is likely to be lengthy.
Cut a long story short, I have worked on lifestyle changes to control AF for nearly 4 years (and in the meantime am on flecainide); my last hurdle (that I know about) is to sort out my sleep.
Please forgive this post for going on a bit but I hope aspects of it help others at the same time as asking for assistance.
I wake up once or twice every night and used to think that was the AF or a prostate/bladder issue (I'm 64), now I think it is neither but it is my poor breathing when asleep, which may well have been a primary tipping factor causing AF and now stopping me getting off the Flecainide.
I believe I am not getting enough oxygen at night causing the brain to wake me up with a 'mild emergency' explaining the need for a pee. This reasoning would also be behind a persistent level of anxiety despite successful action taken to all but eliminate sources of anxiety in my waking life.
I saw my GP this week and he said I'll try and get you retested for sleep apnea and possibly an insomnia clinic (neither of us could recall what that was but I declined it 3 years ago!). Incidentally, he knew nothing about the importance of breathing through your nose at all times, whichI found surprising given the amount on the internet.
Any comments, suggestions, sleep app recommendations very very welcome!
With best wishes for a healthy New Year.