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Is it normal to stop breathing while sleeping

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Transient pauses of up to 10-15 secs are often seen in infants. After that time brief (<10 secs) pauses are seen, longer pauses are worrisome.Frequenc... Read More

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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Breathing: Its usually not normal could be a autonomic response or panic response, needs to be evaluated its probably benign but could do get work up done.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Yes : But if you are doing it during the day i would have a nighttime polysomnogram done to make sure you do not have sleep apnea, since even skinny people ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Mgt/workup: Please observe her carefully for any changes in lip or skin color. Babies sometimes will gasp after a brief pause, and their respiratory pattern is d... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Occasional pauses while sleeping is not alarming. By definition if a patient stops breathing for more than 10 seconds, that is apnea. A patent who sno... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Specialist: I suggest a board certified pulmonologist and formal sleep studies and a medical workup, including a routine chest x-ray; however the sleep study is t... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Pulmonology 35 years experience
Is sleep apnea!!: If you stopp breathing at night for more than 5 times an hour is Sleep apnea syndrome. There are different patterns. Is not normal &amp; could do harm... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Sleep apnea?: That is the definition of sleep apnea. It is either central or obstructive. Central apneas arise from the central nervous system - you don't try to ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Sleep apnea: This needs to be addressed by a physician as it can be a serious health problem.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No breathing: If you stop breathing during sleep it would be important to be medically assessed to rule out sleep apnea.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Justin ORourke
Clinical Psychology 10 years experience
Visit a Sleep Clinic: Visit a sleep disorders clinic, and they can begin to help you identify the cause of your sleeplessness and why you stop breathing. They may recommen... Read More

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