Over the past month, I've woken up a few times during the night breathing quick shallow breaths. I'm not sure if the actual breathing wakes me up or if perhaps a bad dream or something which has caused the rapid breathing also causes me to awake. In order to fall back to sleep, I consciously try to take deep breaths, which seems to work. What are the causes for shallow breathing during sleep and is it something that I should be concerned about?
From your comments, it's hard to tell one way or another. If you did stop breathing, you could wake up taking shallow breaths. Is this affecting your quality of sleep, or you level of daytime functioning? If so, by avoiding eating late at night (as well as alcohol). Sleep only on your side or stomach. If this doesn't help, consider seeing a sleep specialist.
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