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Is it possible to stop breathing in sleep? Please help
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Is it possible to stop breathing in sleep? Please help

Hello all, it seems like i'm battling some sort of asthma or allergy induced asthma or maybe just a really nasty bout of plain old seasonal allergies. I'm scared i'll actually stop breathing in my sleep. Is this possible? Anyhow my symptoms are:                                                                 -chest pressure
                                                                                      -scarily out of breath
                                                                                      -swallowing gunk after using an inhaler
                                                                                      -woke up struggling to breathe
                                                                                      -Heavy feeling on my chest yet it feels weak
                                                                                     -albuterol is barely helping but seems to work hours later
                                                                                     -Feeling light headed and getting weird head rushes
                                                                                      -Getting weird emotional surges which oddly seem to
                                                                                        go along with chest heaviness.
                                                                                        -Weird lung spasms like my lungs are jumping
                                                                                          or struggling to catch a missed breath.
                                                                                      
                                                                                    
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Yes, it is possible to have interruptions of your breathing during sleep.  That is exactly what persons with the condition called Sleep Apnea experience on a regular basis.  It is scary but, if you are otherwise in good health you are highly unlikely to stop breathing for a dangerously long period of time.

Your description suggests that you may have poorly controlled asthma and a sleep disorder.  Unfortunately these two can aggravate each other and, to get good relief will require effective therapy of both.  You should be seen by your physician to optimize your asthma therapy and the next step would be to get a sleep study in a sleep laboratory.  It might be difficult to control your asthma until your sleep quality is improved and so both problems should be evaluated and treated, without delay.

Good luck
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Sorry the text got messed up on the symptoms so here I go again. The symptoms concerning me to not want to go to sleep in fear of stopping breathing are: chest pressure,scarily out of breath,swallowing gunk after using an inhaler,woke up in a panic struggling to breathe,heavy feeling on my chest yet it feels weak,albuterol is barely working but seems to kick in hours later somewhat helping clear up my breathing,ears are ringing, getting a pressure in the middle of my head..maybe sinus pressure? Getting weird emotional surges of either happiness or sadness which seem to happen when i feel out of breathe,weird lung spasms like my lungs are jumping or pulling as if in an attempt to catch a missed breath.
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