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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Choking feeling while sleeping... Unable to breathe through nose suddenly?

Choking feeling while sleeping... Unable to breathe through nose suddenly?

Suddenly?: Sudden nasal congestion can be from a viral infection. If you have been developing choking in your sleep for a while with some nasal congestion and now your nose is completely blocked you may have nasal allergies and post nasal drip. Depending on the duration of your symptoms either see your primary or an allergist. ...Read more

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What causes choking in my sleep and then throwin gup?

What causes choking in my sleep and then throwin gup?

Most likely GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease meets this description, but you should see a gastroenterologist for further testing to determine this for sure, as other causes are possible. ...Read more

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Screaming in sleep and then making choking noises. What does this mean, help!?

Screaming in sleep and then making choking noises. What does this mean, help!?

Seek a professional: Good restful sleep is critical for good health. Nightmares or screaming in your sleep are a way that your brain is telling you that there is a serious problem that you need to address. Talk to a close friend or family member and see if you can work it out with them. If not consider speaking with a professional counselor or psychologist or sleep specialist. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am okay to sleep after a choking spell?

How to tell if I am okay to sleep after a choking spell?

Sleep: Dear elleni4, choking spell is concerning and you should rule out local ent, cardiac causes, sleep study, to rule out medical, ENT and anxiety causes. ...Read more

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Whenever my 13 Y.O son goes to sleep on his back he wakes up feeling like he is choking? Why is this? Anyway way to help it?

Whenever my 13 Y.O son goes to sleep on his back he wakes up feeling like he is choking? Why is this? Anyway way to help it?

Choking: This could be obstructive sleep apnea mostly due to hypertrophy of tonsils & adenoids or choking on post nasal drip. He need to be evaluated by his 1ry care physician or ENT, ASAP, sleep apnea study would be helphul. Good luck ...Read more

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I quite often have a scary choking feeling when just about to nod off to sleep.?

I quite often have a scary choking feeling when just about to nod off to sleep.?

GERD: You can modify the diet, sleep on two + pillows, thicken feeds, avoid those foods that make you burp, take antacids even ppis or h2 blockers and/or see a GI specialist to r/o gastro-esophageal reflux disease (gerd) p.S. How's your weight, post pregnancy? ...Read more

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Is choking in my sleep from acid reflux common?

Is choking in my sleep from acid reflux common?

Nocturnal GERD: This phenomenon is not uncommon but can portend severe consequences. You probably need a 24 hr ph study and maybe in association with esophageal manometry. You may need a scope. Please see you primary for a referral. ...Read more

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If I ever wake up at night choking, does this mean I have sleep apnea?

If I ever wake up at night choking, does this mean I have sleep apnea?

Possibly: If the choking is associated with gasping for air, then it is more likely. Do you have excessive daytime sleepiness of anyone who complains of your snoring. If you are worried you should consult with a sleep physician. ...Read more

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Sleep vomiting and choking, is it serious? Ithas happened about 12 times in the past three years. It started after I had my children.

GERD: You can modify the diet, sleep on two + pillows, thicken feeds, avoid those foods that make you burp, take antacids even ppis or h2 blockers and/or see a GI specialist to r/o gastro-esophageal reflux disease (gerd) p.S. How's your weight, post pregnancy? ...Read more

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I have been giving my 6 month old 1/2mg loritadine bid x 4.5 days now, and still very congested and can't sleep without choking. Keep going?

I have been giving my 6 month old 1/2mg loritadine bid x 4.5 days now, and still very congested and can't sleep without choking. Keep going?

Doctor to evaluate: An infant who has "choking" symptoms needs a doctor's evaluation. Loratadine (Claritin) is an over-the-conter allergy medication and is approved for older kids, which means using it in infants may or may not have the desired effects (should be working closely with one's doctor). So, keep going... to the doctor's office, but not necessarily with the loratadine. ...Read more

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Hi doctor I was wondering can you die from sleep paraylisis because I felt like choking?

Hi doctor I was wondering can you die from sleep paraylisis because I felt like choking?

It sounds: Like you are describing classic SLEEP APNEA which in some people is described as "choking" or "PARALYSIS"! I assume you are not a heavy drinker or misuse sleep medications! I would tell your PCP about these spells! VERY VERY Rarely and only in severe apnea cases cardiac arrest can occur....CHECK OUT THESE SYMPTOMS. They are real! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Can't sleep cause keep choking on mucus, keep swallowing but it keeps coming back. What can I do?

Can't sleep cause keep choking on mucus, keep swallowing but it keeps coming back. What can I do?

Mucus: Since miami is known as a mold heaven I would suggest that you may be allergic to molds. Seek help from an allergist. In the meantime you can do some environmental control by sleeping with the window closed, check your air conditioning system, get rid of flowers, etc. Take an antihistamine at night before bedtime and one in the morning if necessary. ...Read more

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I wake up choking because my saliva has gone down my wind pipe its so annoying I just want a decent nights sleep : (doe any one know what this is?

Choking: This is called aspiration, when one chokes on their own saliva it can happen but ii it is too frequent need to be checked out. Excessive drinking and sleeping and sleeping with food or candy in the mouth etc to be avoided. ...Read more