Question 44 - Why do I stop breathing as I fall asleep?
From: B. D.
I have had mild sleep apnea for years. I have been able to deal with it by not sleeping on my back. I begin the sleep process by laying on my left side, and as I am relaxing I shift to my right side and usually fall asleep in a few minutes. Once I get to sleep I usually don't have any problems.
Recently, there has been a significant change. It doesn't matter what position I am in. As I am falling asleep, I stop breathing. As far as I can tell it is only a second or two before I am aware and awake.
Is this the central sleep apnea I am reading about? What can I do? Is taking a sleep aid a good thing in this case?