I am a 24 year Asian American female who is 5'2" and about 126lbs. I think I might have sleep apnea or something like it. I woke up last night choking and coughing. It felt like I had stopped breathing for a bit. I sleep on my stomach or on my side usually and my pillows are generally pretty flat. I first noticed this problem about a year ago. I'm not sure what it might be and I don't think it happens every night but I can't be sure because I sleep alone. I just know that when it does happen I only wake up once during the night. Is there anything else it could be?
It sounds like an obstructive episode, but it's difficult to say that it's an apnea. If it's happening when on your back, try sleeping on your side or stomach, if possible (you're probably already doing this). Also try to avoid eating or drinking any alcohol within 3-4 hours of bedtime.
All humans stop breathing once in a while and wake up to various degrees. If you feel tired or have any anxiety or depression symptoms, then you should be seen by a sleep doctor to rule out obstructive sleep apnea. It's been shown that even young, thin women that don't snore can have significant sleep apnea.
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