Sunday, August 15th @ 3;45am eastern time I woke up gasping for air, like someone was choking me.It took me 3 inhales of breath to actually get my air back. This has happened before but very rarely & with very little inhale to get my breath back.There was no acid reflux that night either and I am also a shallow breather at night, my aunt used to tell me i scared her when i stayed the night with her and slept in the bed with her, she siaid it was hard to tell if i was breathing.. My husband mentioned to me the other night after checking on me repeatedly after the incident on Sunday, He asked me if i knew i was a shallow breather when i sleep.. and i said yes but only because my aunt told me... I was wondering what could cause those two things and are they connected?
Yes, they very well could be connected. It sounds as though you have sleep apnea. As you sleep, your airway closes somewhat so you can't take deep breaths. As you continue sleeping, your airway closes completely. When you stop breathing, your brain tells you to cough, etc. so that you will start breathing again. As you start this coughing/choking, you wake up and start breathing normally again. If you are a snorer, that would be another indication of sleep apnea though not all people with sleep apnea snore. It is important that you get this checked out soon. In addition to the fact that you could just stop breathing while sleeping and not start again, this also causes various health issue, like high blood pressure, because your brain and other organs are deprived of the oxygen they need while your airway is partially or completely blocked. You need to have a sleep test done. You will go to a sleep center where they will monitor you while you sleep. They can determine how severe this is and what exactly needs to be done about it. You may need a CPAP or BIPAP machine while you sleep. Sometimes losing weight or having your tonsils out, etc. can help this problem as well. I would talk to a neurologist or an ENT.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.