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I was wondering what would happen if your breathing was obstructed during sleep?

I was wondering what would happen if your breathing was obstructed during sleep?

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

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Shallow Breathing (Definition)

Shallow breathing is the opposite of deep breathing. Tachypnea is the medical term that to describe breathing if it is too fast, particularly if one has rapid, shallow breathing due to an associated lung disease ...Read more


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What does it mean when a child has "paradoxical breathing" during sleep? How is it treated?

What does it mean when a child has "paradoxical breathing" during sleep? How is it treated?

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

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What treatments are commonly prescribed when you have poor breathing during sleep?

What treatments are commonly prescribed when you have poor breathing during sleep?

Many: It depends on what you mean by poor breathing. If what you mean is asthma or a lung disease such as copd, careful treatment with your doctor is imperative. Others with heart conditions can have shortness of breath. If sleep apnea is the issue, the most commonly prescribed treatment is cpap. Oral appliances that keep the lower jaw slightly forward may also help. ...Read more

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What causes pausing of the breathing during sleep at 25 years old?

What causes pausing of the breathing during sleep at 25 years old?

Sleep apnea: This could be related to sleep apnea, meet with a sleep specialist or your pcp so that they can examine you and possibly even get a sleep study. ...Read more

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I need help for a gentleman friend of mine who has episodes of not breathing during sleep?

I need help for a gentleman friend of mine who has episodes of not breathing during sleep?

Possible Sleep Annea: This is a frightening thing to witness and should be investigated. Sleep apnea is a disorder where for various reasons a person stops breathing breifly when asleep. Associated with many complications. In my opinion, seeing a doctor certified in sleep medicine is the best bet, but many primary care doctors care for patients with this kind of problem. ...Read more

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What could cause unexplained rapid breathing during sleep?

What could cause unexplained rapid breathing during sleep?

Sleep disordered: Breathing is common in sleep apnea, heart conditions and asthma. A thorough examination by your primary care doctor is warranted. ...Read more

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I was wondering what would cause unexplained rapid breathing during sleep?

I was wondering what would cause unexplained rapid breathing during sleep?

Elivated co2: IF a person obstructs during sleep the co2 will rise and the oxygen level decreases. The brain will be stimulated to change this an you will increase your respiration to increase you oxygen level nd decrease you carbon dioxide level ...Read more

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Can anything else stop your breathing during sleep other than sleep apnea?

Can anything else stop your breathing during sleep other than sleep apnea?

Yes: In some people who drink lots of alcohol the muscles get more relax and that can cause obstruction of the air way and create issue of narrowing the air way. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop mouth breathing during sleep?

See your doctor: You may want to be evaluated by an ent, dentist or oral surgeon to determine why you are a mouth breather. Do you have any nasal obstruction? Is your tongue really enlarged? Do you have sleep apnea? ...Read more

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I am sweating during sleep. It seems I just finished playing football but the breathing is normal. Is it normal or is there something wrong with me?

Sweating in sleep: Don't go directly to osa as you mentioned. Many other problems can cause nocturnal sweating. Discuss with your primary doctor first. Need expert nasal exam, abdominal imaging is a possibility and cxr, maybe TB test, some people need cardiac work up. ...Read more

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Overweight with poor blood work. Also stopped breathing for 2 minutes at a time during sleep. Need MD-signed statement to fly non-Economy. Help!!!

Overweight with poor blood work. Also stopped breathing for 2 minutes at a time during sleep. Need MD-signed statement to fly non-Economy. Help!!!

You need help: Not note. If you are overweight, stopped breathing for 2 mints, most likely sleep apnea you may not be a candidate to fly, till your medical condition improves. Get medical help get cured then you don't need any note. ...Read more

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My 4 year old weird breathing during sleep, snoring, and drooling with a foam-like salava. For past two days was a little fatigue looking and a little pale, kinda like tired...., really worry.?

My 4 year old weird breathing during sleep, snoring, and drooling with a foam-like salava. For past two days was a little fatigue looking and a little pale, kinda like tired...., really worry.?

Warrants a visit: To the pediatrician, can still be a viral upper respiratory problem with blocked nasal passages, but you need to get it sorted out, goo luck ...Read more

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I feel physical pain like I'm being electrocuted during sleep paralysis. I feel I'm not breathing/heart attack & I will die. I'm scared to go to sleep?

I feel physical pain like I'm being electrocuted during sleep paralysis. I feel I'm not breathing/heart attack & I will die. I'm scared to go to sleep?

Anxiety issues?: The pattern of symptoms & the timing does not seem to make sense with any organic condition that I am aware of. Sleep paralysis should not cause pain. I think there's some type of phobia or irrational / subconscious fear leading to bedtime anxiety. I think you should see a counselor or at least talk to someone who you are close to about your problems. Do you have a family doctor or use HT Prime? ...Read more

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I am experiencing sleep paralysis, episodes of not breathing during sleep and uncontrollable jerking. The following also describe me: Sleepiness, Disorientation, and Confusion. What should I do?

I am experiencing sleep paralysis, episodes of not breathing during sleep and uncontrollable jerking. The following also describe me: Sleepiness, Disorientation, and Confusion. What should I do?

Seek professional dr: Seek someone who is sleep medicine boarded or has a detailed sleep medicine practice (not just someone who runs a sleep study center, although lots of docs who participate in this do have this background) ...Read more

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What causes my son to sometimes make really high pitched noising while breathing during his sleep?

What causes my son to sometimes make really high pitched noising while breathing during his sleep?

Nosiy breathing -kid: If your child is havign noisy brreahting in sleep you hsould have him checked out as it could be snoring vs a floppy airway. Your pediatrician should lsiten to him and if necessary will refer yo to an ENT md. ...Read more

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My son jumps on my back, I feel my back bone is alright but feeling uncomfortable during breathing especially while sleeping?

My son jumps on my back, I feel my back bone is alright but feeling uncomfortable during breathing especially while sleeping?

Muscle spasm?: Try sleeping on your side with a small comfortable pillow under your head and neck to relieve tension on your spine. Maybe also a heating pad or warm water bottle on your back to relieve muscle spasm. If breathing still does not feel normal, please have your lungs examined by a local doctor. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...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