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What does it mean when you wake up in the middle of the night and gasp for air??

What does it mean when you wake up in the middle of the night and gasp for air??

It needs to: Be formally evaluated to know. Sometimes people wake up gasping when they have a panic attack while sleeping. Sleep apnea is another possible. Cause. Needs to be evaluated. Take care ...Read more

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Why do I wake up gasping for air?

Why do I wake up gasping for air?

Rule out sleep apnea: An important sleep disorder that involves waking up, gasping for air, and often also involves snoring is called obstructive sleep apnea. There is a temporary closing off of the airway during sleep that causes periods of no breathing and therefore involuntary waking. There are other conditions that can involve gasping, including waking from nightmares, night terrors, anxiety attacks, and others. ...Read more

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What causes involuntary gasping or snorting?

What causes involuntary gasping or snorting?

If asleep, then: apnea is probable. If awake, then it could be tracheal hiccuping which is a mediastinal twitch/ spasm noted with certain neuromuscular problems. Or some esophageal spasms noted with hiccuping. I would see a pulmonologist if they are gasps and not hiccup, and your oximetry suffers. ...Read more

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Wake up gasping, is this a sign of dehydration?

Wake up gasping, is this a sign of dehydration?

Probably not: More likely you have sleep apnea. That is a typical symptom. Your oxygen level goes low, carbon dioxide high because you're not breathing, and your brain wakes you up gasping for air. If you're overweight, snore, feel excessively tired or sleepy during the day, or do not feel rested when you wake up; you likely have sleep apnea. You should discuss with your doctor and get a sleep study. Do it soon. ...Read more

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I wake up gasping for air should I be concerned???

I wake up gasping for air should I be concerned???

Sleep apnea: Hello. Awakening gasping for air is not normal. It is important to be checked by your doctor because there are several things that could cause it, including sleep apnea, asthma, allergies/post nasal drip, anxiety, and some types of heart problems. Your doctor can help you find out what's causing your sleep disturbance and get it treated. You will likely need a sleep study as part of the work up. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to gasp for air after I cough?

What to do if I have to gasp for air after I cough?

Violent coughing: Need to see your physician for evaluation of your cough as shortness of breath symptoms. ...Read more

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What could could cause gasping for air after excersise?

What could could cause gasping for air after excersise?

Oxygen debt: When you exercise maximally, beyond your anaerobic threshold (>85% of your age-based maximum predicted heart rate (154 for you) for more than a few minutes, your muscles shift from aerobic to anaerobic metabolism and you build up an "oxygen debt" with lactic acidosis that must be paid back. The longer you continue, the more you owe. If a tiger is chasing U, it can save your life! Thus: gasping! ...Read more

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Woke up gasping for breath. Why could this have happened?

Woke up gasping for breath. Why could this have happened?

It may be GERD: One of the common cause of waking up at night with complain of can not breath is gastroesophageal reflux dut to regurgitation of acid, it may or may not be the cause but it is worth ruled outmay be your doctor will recommend a trial of acid supressant therapy
discuss with your doctor
it can also be sleep apnea and she may need sleep studies to rule that out. ...Read more

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What could cause a person to wake up coffin and gasping for air.

Cough/air hunger: Several possibilities e.g. Sleep apnea, or gerd a condition where stomach contents regurgitate into your throat during sleep. See your doctor for complete exam and workup for your problem. ...Read more

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What could cause me to wake up with a gasp? Now I'm scared to sleep.

What could cause me to wake up with a gasp? Now I'm scared to sleep.

Is this a pattern?: Are you a load snorer? Do stop breathing during sleep? If so, it might be related to sleep apnea. Another possibility is that you are waking up during or after a nightmare. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hynogogcic jerks can u wake up gasping for air for instance?

What are the symptoms of hynogogcic jerks can u wake up gasping for air for instance?

Anxiety: 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. Magnesium level can be tested for and supplemented if needed. Low mag can cause jerks. ...Read more

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Few months now I have woken up between 1-4am gasping for breath, I am getting worried?

Few months now I have woken up between 1-4am gasping for breath, I am getting worried?

Dreams: It is probably of no consequence but you should exclude sleep apnea.. I would see a neurologist who specializes in sleep studies to get this excluded ...Read more

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For the last 3-5 nights I have woken up gasping for air if I slept on my back. This has happened before but not so close together.

For the last 3-5 nights I have woken up gasping for air if I slept on my back. This has happened before but not so close together.

PND: A classic description of paroxysmal nocturnal Dyspnoea ;you need immediate evaluation to consider serious cardiopulmonary conditions;obstructive sleep apnea could also cause this and would need specific diagnosis and treatment-DONT DELAY ...Read more

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It doesn't happen often but happens every couple of months maybe. I wake up in the night gasping for air for about ten seconds. What could it be?

It doesn't happen often but happens every couple of months maybe. I wake up in the night gasping for air for about ten seconds. What could it be?

OSA: Sounds like you should see a sleep physician and find out if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It is easily treated. In extreme cases, this condition is life threatening so please get it checked as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Room is small and stuffy. When I wake up, have to go in hall and am gasping for breath kind of. Is it because no air in room and too dusty in room.?

Room is small and stuffy. When I wake up, have to go in hall and am gasping for breath kind of. Is it because no air in room and too dusty in room.?

Sleep apnia is one: Possibility. Your doc can order a sleep study if he/she thinks it necessary. Air quality is a factor, especially dryness. Try a humidifier when sleeping. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What happens when someone hangs themselves as a joke & gets off by themself? Why do they start getting so stiff & start shaking a lot & gasp for air?

What happens when someone hangs themselves as a joke & gets off by themself? Why do they start getting so stiff & start shaking a lot & gasp for air?

Dangerous: This person is endangering his/her life. It's high risk behavior, possibly fueled by alcohol or drugs, and qualifies for emergency medical help. You might call the local ER and ask what to do for this person if he/she is a friend or acquaintance. You don't have to give your name. You might even call 911 same as if you saw someone walking on the railroad tracks or wandering in traffic. Good luck. ...Read more

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2 1/2 wk old gasps for air here & there since she was a few days old. Recently has about 3 little coughs once or twice a day for the last week. Help!

2 1/2 wk old gasps for air here & there since she was a few days old. Recently has about 3 little coughs once or twice a day for the last week. Help!

See a doctor: Newborns are very fragile, if you are concerned, make an appointment right away. You should take the baby to the emergency room if the baby is not waking up for feeds, breathing fast or having fever. ...Read more

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My 2 1/2 wk old has little coughs here & there but also does this 'gasp' for air every once in a while with & w/o the coughs. What is causing this?

My 2 1/2 wk old has little coughs here & there but also does this 'gasp' for air every once in a while with & w/o the coughs. What is causing this?

Pertussis?: From the way you describe it, he may have an allergy or upper airway infection, but if this is recent, you should have your pediatrician look him over and make sure he does not have Pertussis or whooping cough, a serious respiratory infection that needs immediate treatment with erythromycin ...Read more

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How come I wake up choking and gasping for air?

Gasping: The most likely cause of waking up choking and gasping for air is obstructive sleep apnea. See a doctor for examination and possible sleep study! ...Read more

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Wen asleep, awakened gasping 4 air, as if being choked.

Wen asleep, awakened gasping 4 air, as if being choked.

Sleep Apnea: Is a condition of cessation of breathing during sleep that lasts for 10 seconds or longer and gasping for air. See a sleep specialist for evaluation, sleep study and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Gasp breaths?

What is the definition or description of: Gasp breaths?

Gasp breaths: Gasp breaths = Agonal respiration = gasping respiration = agonal breathing. Some possible causes are cerebral ischemia or hypoxia. ...Read more

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Why is it impossible for me to run without gasping for air?

Why is it impossible for me to run without gasping for air?

Question: That question requires a history and physical examination to start formulating an answer. It could require testing also depending on the H&P. Unless of course you're always trying to run at 18, 000 feet in which case a likely cause would be suggested immediately. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up terrified and gasping for air everytime I sleep?

Why do I wake up terrified and gasping for air everytime I sleep?

OSA: If you wake up gasping for air, you probably have obstructive sleep apnea. As you fall asleep and relax completely the tissue in your airway collapses and blocks the airway. You might try sleeping on your side or stomach until you can see a sleep physician and be tested. ...Read more

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Why should a patient try to control coughing and gasping during thoracotomy?

Why should a patient try to control coughing and gasping during thoracotomy?

?: Generally, nobody is awake during a thoracotomy. It is done under general endotracheal anesthesia with a breathing tube in place. You do not want to wake up in the middle of the case and start coughing. That is what anesthesiologists are for. ...Read more

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My 9 week old infant makes high pitched gasping noises occasionally is this normal?

My 9 week old infant makes high pitched gasping noises occasionally is this normal?

Windpipe flexible: Sounds like the noise you describe is stridor. Babies can make this noise occassionally when they breath in deep or suddenly because their traceas (windpipe) doesn't have its full rigidity yet, so it tends to collapse down, leading to that high pitched noise. Most babies outgrow this as they age. As long as not interfering with breathing or feeding, just mention it to doc at your next visit. ...Read more

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My son is 8 years old and approximately 5 months ago he started waking up gasping for air.

My son is 8 years old and approximately 5 months ago he started waking up gasping for air.

I'm no expert here..: It almost sounds like sleep apnea, doesn't it? Did you know that there are pediatric sleep clinics where your son can be evaluated for a sleep disorder? Talk to your son't doctor about this. Other considerations might be gerd (gastro-esophageal reflux. In this condition, acidic stomach contents splash up from the stomach and into the esophagus. Sometimes, people cough and gasp with this condition. ...Read more

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Child is coughing forcefully, can, t stop, he is taking big gasps of air right before each cough?

Child is coughing forcefully, can, t stop, he is taking big gasps of air right before each cough?

Needs immediate care: Your description of your child worries me. At that age, he may have inhaled a foreign body into his lungs, he could have an infection, an asthma attack - so many possibilities. Also, are immunizations up-to-date? Concerned about whooping cough (pertussis) with this history. This should not wait the weekend - he needs to be evaluated today! ...Read more