A 24-year-old female asked:
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frequently wake up in middle of night with hard time breathing. sounds like i just finished running. chest is tight usually. sleep apnea vs. asthma?

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Dr. Errol Ozdalga
12 years experience Hospital-based practice
Likely asthma: If you're waking up and still experience trouble breathing, sounds more like asthma. Sleep apnea doesn't continue to cause symptoms if you're full awake. You're on albuterol. Sounds like you may need something more long acting. See your doctor about this.
Answered on Sep 26, 2013
Dr. Mark Birnbach
47 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Sleep apnea: If you do not experience breathing issues during the day, sleep apnea is likely the cause of your night time awakenings. Please discuss this with your physician immediately.
Answered on Jan 27, 2014
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