A 23-year-old female asked:
sometimes when im falling to sleep i run out of breath and wake up. can that be related to asthma.
1 doctor answer
Dr. Donald Jacobson answered
39 years experience Psychiatry
No: The more likely cause is that you are experiencing a gasping arousal from sleep apnea. I would recommend that you talk to your family doctor about this and get a referral to your local sleep disorder specialist. A gasping arousal occurs when you stop breathing and eventually become so shortof breath that you wake up gasping for air. This is quite different from an asthma attack which include symptoms of wheezing generally. The fact that it is very much sleep related would alsospeak for being part of a gasping arousal.
Answered on Nov 2, 2013
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