For the past year I wake up every 1-2 hours to a tingley or gripping sensation in my body, then an urge to take a deep breath, and then my fingers on my most elevated hand go completely numb. This all takes about a minute and then I usually fall right back to sleep.
On the worse nights it cycles and happens every 7 minutes and I have to force myself to get up (even though I am very sleepy) for about half an hour to break the cycle. I have had disturbed sleeps for years from acid reflux and mild to moderate sleep apnea.
I started using a CPAP machine a year ago and it seems if I use it consistently for at least 2 weeks, these symptoms subside. But I have trouble using it consistently because sometimes the cold air from the machine makes it too uncomfortable to wear.
I have been searching all over the internet and can not find anyone who has experienced this. Wondering if it is related to chemosensitivity. Doctors have said they don’t think this is a sleep disorder… I don’t get why they say that. My oximeter indicates that I usually wake up to this after a drop in O2 of only 1%.
Has anyone experienced anything like this or do you have any suggestions of what might cause this?