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Is it true that we sometimes stop breathing while sleeping?

Is it true that we sometimes stop breathing while sleeping?

Yes: There is a condition called sleep apnea which can be due to the anatomy of the upper airway or can be caused by abnormalities in the brain. The latter is referred to as central sleep apnea. Either way people with sleep apnea have numerous episodes each night in which they briefly stop breathing. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why i stop breathing when i sleep?

Could you tell me why i stop breathing when i sleep?

Is sleep apnea!!: If you stopp breathing at night for more than 5 times an hour is Sleep apnea syndrome. There are different patterns. Is not normal & could do harm in the long run. Get advise & treatment. If overweight loose it!!! Probably will neeed a sleep test call polysomnogram. Get startes get healthy & see a doctor ...Read more

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What caused me to stop breathing while I was sleeping?

What caused me to stop breathing while I was sleeping?

Sleep apnea?: That is the definition of sleep apnea. It is either central or obstructive. Central apneas arise from the central nervous system - you don't try to breathe. Obstructive apnea (osa) arises when the airway is completely or partly obstructed, by the tongue, uvula, soft palate, tonsils, adenoids, etc. Accompanied by a drop in blood oxygen, it is life threatening and raises risk of many conditions. ...Read more

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Why would a normal child stop breathing for a few seconds while he's sleeping?

Why would a normal child stop breathing for a few seconds while he's sleeping?

Yes: Transient pauses of up to 10-15 secs are often seen in infants. After that time brief (<10 secs) pauses are seen, longer pauses are worrisome.Frequency & depth of breath ore controlled by brain centers & sleep requires less rate/depth than wakeful periods.Any kid who falls asleep rapidly during the day or naps while his peer group is playing may have sleep apnea & deserves a workup. ...Read more

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When a child stops breathing for about 10 seconds in his sleep, what is the cause of it?

When a child stops breathing for about 10 seconds in his sleep, what is the cause of it?

Get help!: Depending on age e.g. Between 3 and 6 months apnea like this is sometimes a forerunner of sids. No matter that a doctor does not find any abnormality, insist on an apnea monitor until the danger period is over (about the end of the first year). You may not get any alarms but you will surely sleep better.If the child is older it might be sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Stop breathing when i try to sleep.Can't sleep for many days. What can I do today?

Stop breathing when i try to sleep.Can't sleep for many days. What can I do today?

Visit a Sleep Clinic: Visit a sleep disorders clinic, and they can begin to help you identify the cause of your sleeplessness and why you stop breathing. They may recommend a full-night sleep evaluation to determine what is causing your symptoms. You may be experiencing sleep apnea, especially if you are male, overweight, smoke, or have a neck larger than 17 in., but you need an evaluation to determine the problem. ...Read more

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What to do if i had a sleep test done, i stop breathing 149 times per hour. How common is that?

What to do if i had a sleep test done, i stop breathing 149 times per hour. How common is that?

No: That would be an ahi of about 15, indicating a mild/moderate level of obstructive sleep apnea. This is a serious life threatening or life shortening condition that can prematurely cause death. Not common and not to br ignored. Seek professional help asap! ...Read more

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