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Asleep Wake Gasping
I have chronic anxiety and when I just about to drift to asleep I wake gasping for air and sometimes during the day is that anxiety?
Sleep apnea: Please see your physician asap. If you awaken gasping for air, you probably are suffering from sleep apnea- stopping breathing for at least 10 seconds. Whether it is obstructive (airway being blocked) or central (no signal to breath) this lack of oxygen is very dangerous, as it can lead to strokes, heart attacks and death. ...Read more
As I just drift asleep I wake gasping for air I do have anxiety and don't have sleep apnea what else could be going on?
Panic Disorder: Many folks who are highly anxious have a fear on not getting enough air. When we are between sleeping and waking we can feel quite vulnerable and pull out of the relaxed state with a start. Get help from your doc or a clinical psychologist, more likely the latter will be the one to help you through this. ...Read more
How do I know if I have sleep apnea?! I have sinus problems and they've been closed and Everytime I fall asleep I wake up gasping
Sleep study: Ask your PCP to order a sleep study or be referred to a sleep specialist in order to get evaluated. In this type of test you are observed and monitored overnight in a special facility where your sleep pattern is studied. They can tell if you are suffering of sleep apnea keeping track of your oxygen levels and other parameters while you sleep. ...Read more
Whenever I'm about to fall asleep, I wake up gasping feeling as though my breathing has stopped. Eliminated anxiety and sleep apnea. Anything else?
Use good sleep:
Hygiene. If that isn't sufficient obtain medical evaluation. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows.
4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put work materials, computer. ...Read more
Sleep hygiene &...:
I fully agree with dr. Fowler's suggestions re: sleep hygeine. You might also consider taking 3000 mg of the Amino Acid glycine at bedtime. See http://blog. Healthdirectusa. Com/516/glycine-for-better-sleep-and-improved-antioxidant-protection/
the Amino Acid 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-htp) has also been shown to improve sleep quality, but I advise trying glycine first as 5-htp may have side effects. ...Read more
My cousin has been ill withliver problems for quite awhile today she has been asleep for a long time n is hard to wake her up what should I do?
Liver problem: You should get your cousin to the er as soon as possible. She may have the problem of being difficult to wake up due to a high ammonia level in her blood due to her liver disease, among other things. If her ammonia level is high, she will admitted to try to get it down. Good luck. ...Read more
My friend has started sleeping two hours then wakes up and falls back asleep two hours later since Saturday and I am worried... What's wrong with him?
See a doctor: There are several possible causes of this apparent sedation ranging from drug effect to infection to metabolic problem. Your friend needs an evaluation by a doctor. ...Read more
Sometimes after I'm asleep for half an hour I wake up feeling like a current of electricity is going through my body, it stops when I wake up and move?
Better sleep habits:
Try relaxing prior to going to bed. Get a routing habit of relaxation prior to going to bed so your body and mind have time to slow down and adjust.
Make sure you are getting a proper amount of rest each day. 8 hours is the current recommendation.
Avoid caffeine or stimulants prior to sleep. And don't watch tv in bed. ...Read more
Use good sleep:
Hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more
Euthenasia: No, that is against the hypocratical oath and illegal. ...Read more
Several causes: It sounds like you have an underlying sleep disorder. The exact etiology would be difficult to guess without interviewing you further. I would recommend seeing a sleep specialist so the answer can be teased out as it could range from poor sleep hygiene to a more serious sleep disorder such as osa or insomnia etc. ...Read more
What is the most effective way to fall asleep fast, stay asleep and wake up feeling alert and energized?
Routine: Routine is key. Avoid caffeine after 4pm. Turn off tv, computers and internet access for one hour prior to sleep. Do something relaxing like reading or listening to soft music. Make sure you use your bed for just sleep, not working or tv. Get enough exercise during the day. Those are a few ideas. Good luck! ...Read more
Nothing I seem to try helps my 13 mon old stay asleep at night. Is it ok for her to still wake 1-2 times?
If someone used an epilator on you while you were asleep, would you wake up and feel pain or stay asleep?
Either or.: Depends on how it was done and what it was done with. Cannot say either way! ...Read more
During night I can't fall asleep. Or when I do I wake up every hour :/ what can I do to help my sleep patterns?
Is there a sleeping disorder in which it is very hard to fall asleep, but once you do, it's very hard to wake up?
I wake up at night coughing which lasts a couple minutes. Last night it happened just as I was falling asleep. What's wrong?
Reflux: See PMD. Allergy can do it also. ...Read more
I fall asleep normally. But I struggle to stay asleep, and then in the mornings I can't wake up. What can I do to solve this?
Sleep study: Consider a sleep study if this is available to you. You really need consultation with a sleep specialist rather than just starting medications. ...Read more
Whenever I fall asleep, I start to realize that I'm sleeping after about an hour and then I wake myself up... How can I stop this?
Several thoughts: Early awakening can be due to various causes, the most common of which is depression. If feeling sad or depressed get help from your physician. Depression is treated with medication and/or counseling. The most effective counseling seems to be Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). There are apps for your smart phone to learn CBT. For info on depression, type in search box just: bit. Ly/1xUALOL ...Read more
I am having difficulties sleeping through out the night. I fall asleep&wake up after about 3 hours thereafter I battle to sleep again?
I don't go to sleep easily. I fall asleep at 2 or 3 am in the morning and wake up 11 or 12 everyday. It is been a year now. What is it?
Habit: You need to reset your internal clock and get into a more normal day and night routine. Watch the stimulants like coffee and train yourself to go to bed at 10 pm and get up at 6 or 7 am. You need daylight to reset your internal clock. When people travel overseas to avoid the lag & to set their clock for that country they stay up if it is daylight & go to bed in the evening. Try it, you can do it. ...Read more
Use to fall asleep and not wake up till alarm. Now I wake up 2-3 times and its always around the same time each night. What could this be?
I can usually fall asleep without issue, but frequently wake up 30-45 minutes after sleeping. Once awake, I tend to be anxious about work.
Work anxiety: Sounds like you need to review why you're anxious about your work, so you can address that rather than having it awaken you. It can help to go over things with a trusted mentor -- and also a therapist too. Both can help you gain self-understanding, and develop some options. Medications can help manage the symptoms at times, but really aren't the first step. ...Read more
Ever since the time change my 3 month old falls asleep on his own at 6-7pm and wakes now at 3am. Is there anyway to extend his bedtime to 8pm?
Alter Schedule: You may try to keep him active and busy a little longer. Try to get him an afternoon nap and then try to prolong his wake time upto 8 PM. It may be helpful to do activities that he likes and is interested in so he is able to stay awake happy ...Read more
I used to sleep after midnight but now when I try to sleep early, I still fall asleep at around 1, even though I wake up at 7 every morning. Help!
Sleep hygiene: Google sleep hygiene and follow those recommendations. Your sleep cycle is shifted. No caffeine after noon. Exercise as able. Blue blocker sunglasses to block out ambient light and light from computers, tv screens, iphones. May take otc melatonin if your doctor agrees, 2 hours before desired sleep time. If this fails see sleep doc for delayed phase sleep schedule. ...Read more