Aug 05, 2013 - 12:21 pm
Hubby is in the dry mouth stage post-treatment and is unable to sleep. He resists all my suggestions that he needs to sleep in a recliner or with numerous pillows, claiming he just can't sleep upright. Urggggh. Of course, he is dozing in his chair right now, but that is not the deep sleep he needs. When he goes to bed, his soft palate becomes dry, airways apparently close up, and he wakes up gasping for breath. Kind of like the problem he had years ago when we were at a very high altitude, so neither of us know if this problem is entirely real or partially imagined. He's very anxious about getting enough sleep; he needs to begin teaching his law classes in just a few weeks. He's got Ambien, Xanax, Biotene, XyliMelts on the way and taking OTC decongestants, but nothing gets him through the night. Did any of you encounter this and make use of an oxygen machine or other devise that helped? I know he will resist a sleep apnea mask, so I am looking for something a little less obtrusive that will calm his anxiety through the night.