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Loud Breathing While Sleeping
I have a 3 mo old that has caught a cold. She seems very congested. She does not have a temp but her breathing is loud while she sleeps. Help?
Bulb suction: If as you say, she is otherwise fine, nasal congestion is best treated at this age with Normal Saline nose drops and bulb suction. If on the other hand the noise that you referred to is from wheezing, she should be seen by a pediatrician because she may need bronchodilators. Good luck, jp. ...Read more
How many hours of sleep per 24hr does an elderly person need? 92 walks. Makes many loud breathing sounds at night but asleep; cat naps during the day
She sleeps whenever: The amount of sleep may not change but habbit of sleep will over time. When young, u have to work and have other responsibilties to accomplish during day, thus needing to sleep at night. At 92, she does not have to get up early, so sleeps whenever she wants, naps whenever convenient. As long as she feels well and active when up, she is fine. She got to 92! she sleeps when she needs it! :-)). ...Read more
My 7 month old baby has been making loud breathing noises since he was 4 weeks old while in deep sleep he's had a heart cheeck and very healthy?
See your doctor: There are several possible causes. The reflux could cause breathing noises. Also, some babies have a weak airway and it makes more noises when they are lying down. Nasal congestion can cause a lot of racket, even when your baby is acting normally. Check with your baby's doctor. ...Read more
What are normal breathing sounds for 92 yo? All night long has gasps, lapses, loud breaths, not typical snoring. Never noisy before. Sleep apnea?
Could be sleep apnea: But you need to see a doctor. The internet is a great place to answer some questions like "what is "sleep apnea? " or "what is cheyne-stokes breathing? " the internet not a good place to get a diagnosis. That requires obtaining a complete history, a hands-on physical exam, maybe a sleep study or echocardiogram, etc., use the internet to get the questions to bring to your doctor, not the answers. ...Read more
I was told I snore loud when I sleep but my husband recently told me that when I sleep I stop breathing and it scares him. What are some health issues that is caused by this? I have shortness of breath, I'm 5'4, 330lbs, and this is another issue, emotion
Get it checked out!: Seek medical help to determine to cause of your snoring. Typically a collapse airway is involved and today, a simple overnight take home sleep test can provide all the information needed to determine if a potentially life threatening, life shortening condition of obstructive sleep apnea may be at play. Do it, it may save your life! ...Read more
My husband's atrial fibrillation seems to have progressed. He's breathing very rapid and loud while sleeping, has higher heart rates, sick sinus syndr?
Sleep apnea and AFib: There is a well known association between hypoxemia (low circulating oxygen in blood) and stress on heart manifesting as arrhythmia. In ur husbands case, loud breathing may be snoring. Have him see a reputable pulmonologist for eval and treatment of sleep apnea if he has it. Treat underlying cause of what may be worsening his AF. Cardiologist ought to coordinate with pulmonary doc. ...Read more
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.
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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
Sleep apnea: Apnea is the term for not breathing. Sleep apnea is a condition whereby people temporarily stop breathing during sleep, and the most common cause is because of a temporary closing off of the airway. If you stop breathing while sleeping, an emergency message is sent to the brain to wake you up so that you will start breathing again (i.e. You move and change position and the airway opens). ...Read more
You: You haven't asked a question and have provided very little information. Please clarify. ...Read more
Sleep apnea: This needs to be addressed by a physician as it can be a serious health problem. ...Read more
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
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
Yes: You're having a normal adjustment to a normal phenomenon. If there is concern, see your doctor. ...Read more
What causes my son to sometimes make really high pitched noising while breathing during his sleep?
I havedifficulty breathing when tryingto sleep the past few nights. No other obvious symptoms. Not sure if this is dangerous or not?
I'm haveing short breathing. It's been few days. Goes and comes back. Is walking good, I feel like just sit home do nothing. Takes me 5h to sleep?
Serious?: At your age there should be no breathing problem. Unless you had this before. I wonder if you could have blood clots in your lung. This should be checked with your doc asap! ...Read more
Suddenly when I try to sleep I can only last a few hours before my lower back seizes up, and I wake up barely breathing from pain. What could it be?
My 4mo old is sleeping, and his breathing is rapid. He also pauses for a couple seconds and starts reathing again. Emergency? Make an app? No biggie?
Periodic breathing: This is generally quite normal. Even at 4 months his little autonomic (involuntary) nervous system is maturing and breathing can be a little erratic. As long as he seems normal otherwise (growing, eating, pooping, peeing etc) it is fine. ...Read more
I'm attempting to sleep and breathing is still possible but it feels as if for days now I have been able to breathe less and less and it is as if m...
Hard to answer:
Sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time. I wish there was more I could go over with you at this time but we really need more information to work with before moving forward with this discussion. It does sound like a concerning problem and I would recommend being seen by a local physician as soon as possible. Hope you feel better soon. All the best
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While sleeping, I am awaken because I feel like suffocated and I cough and my breathing becomes okay. What is this?
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
Meditate: Those who have difficulty sleeping often have an active brain that requires calming. There are herbal remedies that you can ask your MD about. Turn off TV early, read a calming book, eat earlier and try getting some meditation tapes. ...Read more
As I lay down to sleep and my breathing slows, my breathing stops and I immediately wake up and frantically start breathing again. What's happening?
? sleep disorder: You are a bit young for true sleep apnea, but you could be experiencing nocturnal panic attacks, and either could make your other co-morbidities far worse. Have you had a traumatic event which triggered all of this?? Discuss possibility of overnight sleep study with your doctor. ...Read more
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
Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea syndrome is a medical condition that occurs when breathing is obstructed during sleep. Symptoms are often daytime sleepiness and unrefreshing sleep. Left untreated it can lead to poor health outcomes like high blood pressure and heart problems. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Chest IN & tummy OUT: In normal young children, both the chest and tummy expand when breathing in. With paradoxical breathing, the tummy expands when breathing in, but the chest gets sucked inward (downward). Paradoxical breathing can be normal in babies & toddlers because their chest cages are still "soft". After age 2-3 years, normal toddlers (without airway restriction) usually don't have paradoxical breathing. ...Read more
When sleeping I sometimes stop breathing and I'm woken out of my sleep... Is this a problem? It's happening more often.
Could Be A Problem: You describe symptoms of sleep apnea. Unfortunately this is not a condition that can be diagnosed via healthtap. But there is help. First contact your primary care physician (pcp) and discuss the problem. He/she may refer you to a sleep specialist who may order a sleep study to determine if sleep apnea is present. Your pcp will also consider other possible causes of your symptoms. Don't delay. ...Read more
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