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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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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?

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?

Possibly asthma: Do your symptoms happen only at night? Do you have associated runny nose or heartburn?
Rarely, asthma, post-nasal drip and heartburn can cause you to cough or gasp for air while sleeping. ...Read more

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How can I stay asleep? Even faraway trains wake me.

How can I stay asleep? Even faraway trains wake me.

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

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Having a hard time staying asleep. I wake up very easily. What do you recommend?

Having a hard time staying asleep. I wake up very easily. What do you recommend?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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How do I fall asleep if I wake up during the night?

How do I fall asleep if I wake up during the night?

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

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How come I fall asleep easy and wake up 10 to 15 minutes later?

How come I fall asleep easy and wake up 10 to 15 minutes later?

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

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What causes us to sometimes wake up shaking after we have been asleep?

What causes us to sometimes wake up shaking after we have been asleep?

Many options: Hypo and hyperglycemia, anxiety, dehydration, certain medications. Regardless the cause the visit to your PCP is warranted for physical, labs and treatment. ...Read more

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Fall asleep immediately but then wake up during night for hours. What can I do?

Fall asleep immediately but then wake up during night for hours. What can I do?

Age, physical activi: Age physical activity, other food and drink effect, ., sleep habit, prostate related urination at night are factors. See PMD for comprehensive evaluation. Anxiety is also a separate class. ...Read more

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So I go fall asleep, the next time I wake up I end up with sheets pulled up on bed, why?

So I go fall asleep, the next time I wake up I end up with sheets pulled up on bed, why?

Normal: Everyone moves during sleep naturally. People turn from one side to the other, move their legs and arms, and have periods of light and deep sleep. It is very common for covers to move all over the place during sleep! ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to fall asleep fast, stay asleep and wake up feeling alert and energized?

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

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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?

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?

Infant sleep issue: It is not good for her or you. You need your rest and she needs to learn to be more independent in going back to sleep when she awakes at night. Tallk to you pediatrician for strategies for this very common issue. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Sleep hygiene: Work on sleep hygiene such as bed restriction and stimulus control. If it's a breathing disorder, a sleep study should be considered. If it's a parasomnia, medication can help. Seeing a sleep specialist can help you determine the best course. ...Read more

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