I know I asked a similar question before, but I'm still having problems, and I'm wondering if others ever experience this.
At least two nights a week, I sleep fitfully, dreaming very actively, and waking up with a feeling that I've stopped breathing. (I have been tested for sleep apnea, and the test was negative.) I wake up with a deep breath, roll over, and fall back asleep immediately. Rinse and repeat every 20-40 minutes from about 4 or 5 am until I get up feeling exhausted between 7 and 9. Typically, the dreams I have during this time are extremely active, and sometimes I'm aware I'm dreaming. For example, one of my dreams last night involved me writing a story, and I realized while I was writing it in my dream that if I were awake and could write it all down, it would be a very good story. Of course, when I woke up, I only remembered bits and pieces and a feeling of having worked very hard mentally and physically and not breathing. And, then I breathed deeply, fell back asleep and did the same thing all over again, but instead I dreamed I was running and hiking. Rinse and repeat.
When this happens, I feel horrible all day. Any ideas? I'm taking Coumadin, and my INR was 3.6 (my target) last week.