I have a strange sleep thing going on that I want to run by you guys to see if anyone recognises it.
When I try and sleep as I am making the transition from awake to asleep it like my body forgets to breathe, I awaken with a jolt and my heart is pounding out of my chest. This also happens when I am trying to nap and has been witnessed by my wife and daughter who had to check if I was breathing at all.
It happens now every night and a few hours later I am awoken again hyperventilating with my heart nearly taking off. At this point I rarely get back asleep unaided.
I did a search on the net and found some chap on Healthboards with mild emphysema who described the situation exactly like mine. I however have a normal CT from 12 years ago and a normal DLCO so reasonably confident I don't have emphysema as yet. I was 33 at the time and haven't smoked since, my FEV1 has remained more or less the same in this time frame at 4.6L.
I do have a diagnosis of mild chronic bronchitis (or at the very least refractory asthma) which I feel is messing up my breathing centre and causing all sorts of minor issues like SOB for no reason, this sleep problem and hyperventilating regularly.
Any thoughts or anyone else relate to this situation?