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Do babies breath extra fast when they sleep?

Do babies breath extra fast when they sleep?

No: Typically, a baby does not breath faster when he or she is sleeping. In fact a lot of times breathing is slower when they are sleeping. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

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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I have sinusitis but I can't breathe well nor sleep?

I have sinusitis but I can't breathe well nor sleep?

Sinusitis: Try breath-right nose strips until u see your primary care doc. In the morning for exam. ...Read more

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Why does my breath smell different depending on where I sleep?

Why does my breath smell different depending on where I sleep?

Hard to say: It could be diet (what you ate that evening) or the air flow in the room (does the room have enough ventilation?). Do you sleep with your face covered? I would monitor the above and see if you notice any changes. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a hyperventalition in my sleep and I was struggling for breath?

What to do if I had a hyperventalition in my sleep and I was struggling for breath?

Sleep apnea: You may have sleep apnea which is potentially lethal. I would suggest seeing your physician or a sleep specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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When falling to sleep I feel like I am being crushed and can't breathe and paralized but its painful.

When falling to sleep I feel like I am being crushed and can't breathe and paralized but its painful.

?sleep apnea: Your description is a little florid but you may well actually stop breathing for a moment which causes you to awaken. The Best way to sort this out is to obtain an overnight monitored sleep study. If you have sleep apnea, a CPAP unit could be miraculous. ...Read more

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I am an active young female. I have been sleeping much more than usual and feeling nauseus around bed time. When exercising I can't catch my breath.?

I am an active young female. I have been sleeping much more than usual and feeling nauseus around bed time. When exercising I can't catch my breath.?

You may be pregnant.: Your symptoms do not sound specific for any one medical disorder. There are some characteristics that fit better with a lung-based or respiratory condition. First, though, I would start your search for answers with a home pregnancy test. If that is negative then I recommend you see a good internal medicine physician. ...Read more

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I only get 5-6 hrs of sleep, could this cause short breath?

I only get 5-6 hrs of sleep, could this cause short breath?

Doubtful: I would think it could be the other way around- because of shortness of breath, it is limiting your sleep hours. Should consider seeing your dr. Who can refer you for a sleep study. ...Read more

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My husband just passed on thruday i can can't sleep I'm nervous and jumpy I was the on who found him i canshort of breath?

My husband just passed on thruday i can can't sleep I'm nervous and jumpy I was the on who found him i canshort of breath?

My condolences: I am sorry for your loss. Sounds as though you may be having a panic attack. Please accept the comfort of friends and family. Your doctor may suggest medication to help as well. ...Read more

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When I'm standing up or sitting down I can breathe good but when I lay down and try to sleep I can't breathe good. Why does this happen?

When I'm standing up or sitting down I can breathe good but when I lay down and try to sleep I can't breathe good. Why does this happen?

Orthopnea: This is called orthopnea. Are you having any other symptoms such as enlarged lymph nodes anywhere on your body, fevers, weight loss, night sweats or diffuse itchiness? Are you having any swelling in your hands or feet? Overweight? How long has this been going on? It is worsening? I would recommend seeing a doctor. They will do a physical exam and perhaps get a chest xray. ...Read more

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Can sleeping in a recliner help me breath better?

Can sleeping in a recliner help me breath better?

Sleep: My first question is do you have to sleep in a recliner, then do you snore and are you tired, sleepy or fatigued. If you are healthy where you sleep, so long as you are comfortable, does not matter. On the other hand if you cannot sleep flat and need to sleep in a recliner you need to see your physician and discuss this with him. ...Read more

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Will sleeping in my recliner help me breath better?

Will sleeping in my recliner help me breath better?

Breathing: If you are more comfortable breathing upright in a recliner may be sign of congestive heart failure. See your doctorasap. ...Read more

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Is it common for one to have bad breath while sleep deprived?

Is it common for one to have bad breath while sleep deprived?

Yes If Dehydrated: When you are sleep deprived, you throw your whole system off. If you are not eating properly & not taking in enough water, the bacteria in the mouth will have a field day and produce bad breath. ...Read more

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How many breaths per minute is normal for a sleeping 5-year-old?

How many breaths per minute is normal for a sleeping 5-year-old?

Varies: Awake it can be anywhere from 20-30 breaths per minute. Asleep may reduce somewhat. Key is does your child seem in distress during the sleep cycle and breathing pattern? If overweight or abnormally loud snoring/breathing patterns see your MD to see if an issue exits. Sleep apnea problems can be seen in children too.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Respiratory_rate ...Read more

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My 6months baby breath very fast wn she sleeping I can hear her breath?

Normal brathing: A baby breathes faster than we do. The breathing you are hearing is due a shortened airwy present in infants. ...Read more

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Following sleeping, we always get bad breath. Why's that so, what to do?

Following sleeping, we always get bad breath. Why's that so, what to do?

Sleep bad breath: Bad breath after sleep is common to almost everyone due to the accumulation and activity of bacteria during the several hours of sleep. Proper brushing, flossing and even rinsing with a good mouthwash before bed can reduce the activity of the bacteria. ...Read more

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My grandaughter is real congested, can't breathe good enough to sleep good, what can I do until morning?

Short/long term rx: Infant sleep requires open nasal passagens, different from toddlers with a longer neck that can easily mouth breathe. Nasal infection can swell the passages and make babies breathing hard. Exposure to smoke/perfume/cleaning odors, etc. Can all result in bad nasal congestion in babies. Vigerously washing out the nose with saline can remove irritants. If babies feedings are off she needs to be seen. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm told that I have bad morning breath. Is it caused by snoring, or just due to sleeping late?

What to do if I'm told that I have bad morning breath. Is it caused by snoring, or just due to sleeping late?

See a dentist: In the majority of cases, the cause of bad breath, or halitosis, is the product of bacteria in the mouth and gum disease. The proper diagnosis is the key to a successful treatment. See your dentist for Halimeter test, diagnosis and bad breath treatment that depends on its cause. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough it all the time but sometimes it gets so bad I can't breathe are sleep what can I do about it?

Cough is a reflex: Initiated by irritation in a bronchial tube. It sends a message to the brain computer (lower brain) that initiates the reflex. If the pulmonary studies are normal it might be that the reflex is too sensitive. I have seen many patients where this is caused by lousy diet that results in oxidative dysfunction in brain. See my blog "oxygen the spark of life and look for some older posts. ...Read more

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My husband is taking continuous heavy deep breaths in his sleep- Inhale abt 4 seconds, exhale 2-3 sec. Has been going on 10 min+. What cd this be?

Sleep disorder: A home sleep study or a laboratory sleep study is useful to check what is going on. He may have obstructive sleep apnea or something else. Technology has become so good that it is easy to find out.

"Soon to be on his iphone" ...Read more

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My 2 month old chokes often. When she breastfeeds, bottle feeds and even while she's sleeping. What is the safest way to help her catch her breath?

If choking...: Babies who choke during breastfeeding, bottle feeding and sleep may have some kind of problem with their upper airway. This is especially true for newborns who had been intubated. If your baby is having blue spells along with choking, this is a medical emergency, get care immediately. Otherwise, followup with your child's doc to assess for need for further evaluation by a pediatric ent. ...Read more

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Noticed 2 of sons hold breath in sleep 3yr 8yr what can cause this I'm waiting for app at hospital but worried what should I watch for in mean time?

Noticed 2 of sons hold breath in sleep 3yr 8yr what can cause this I'm waiting for app at hospital but worried what should I watch for in mean time?

Duration ?: Brief pauses of up to 15 seconds are common in sleep and of little importance. An 8 yo who is snoring at the time may have some sleep issues but these usually decline with age. If the 3 yo is snoring, it will likely worsen and consideration of tonsil and or adenoid removal is justified. If either has prolonged pauses > 20 sec, evaluation for sleep apnea should be undertaken. ...Read more

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Short breath at the time of sleeping. I smoke 4-5 cigarettes per day. I have a very tiring schedule and I need to sleep at night. What is the cure?

Dyspnea: Shortness of breath may have many sources and this should be carefully evaluated, preferably by a pulmonary specialist. You should definitely stop smoking. Whether your inability to sleep and the shortness of breath are due to the same thing remains to be determined. Good luck. ...Read more