Hey, im new to this forum and im really hoping someone will be able to give me some advice! I've had sleep problems for years and have only just had a doctor who sent me for some tests and an at home sleep study. My main problem is that i wake up at least a few times a night just after i've fallen asleep (or it feels that way) sort of gasping for air as though i have stopped breathing for a long time. It doesn't make me breathless, it just makes me wake up so i take a deep breath and then i fall asleep again.
I also am constantly tired throughout the day and had to stop driving a couple of years ago as i kept falling asleep at the wheel so it was too dangerous. If im sitting doing nothing i sometimes have what seems like tiny cat naps where i fall asleep for a few seconds then jolt awake and this happens quite a lot until suddenly i snap out of it.
My consultant was pretty sure that i have sleep apnea. I am skinny but apparently my airway is tiny and also i have a family history of sleep apnea and also narcolepsy.
The only problem is that i have had 2 at-home sleep studies now and they have both come back as negative. I did find it really hard to sleep properly with everything attached to me and i also have a baby who at the time was waking a lot in the night.
Recently with him sleeping for longer my symptoms seem to be worse again and i just dread going to bed at night.
Does this sound like it could be anything else (i have had a full investigation into my heart due to frequent ectopic beats and chest pain so i know its probably not cardiovascular) or should i push for a sleep study at hospital instead of at my home? I feel like my doctor probably thinks im mad but i KNOW there must be something wrong for me to have this sleep problem!