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Rapid Shallow Breathing 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
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
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
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
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?
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!!!
2.5y/o with noisy breathing, snoring, short pauses in breathing during sleep. Tonsillar hypertrophy= 2-3+. Does this indicate tonsillectomy?
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
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
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
What causes my son to sometimes make really high pitched noising while breathing during his sleep?
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
My 5 week old is still having seizure like activity, heaving breathing an gasping while sleeping, throwing up during/after feedings. Any explanation?!
Seizures???: You say still having seizure like activity. Has it been evaluated before? Was it really? Babies do a lot of distinctive movements and noises both awake & asleep that can be mistaken for a problem or they can have real issues. If you can record a video of what you are seeing take the kid in for an evaluation. If the kid doesn't do it during the visit at least your video can show what happens. ...Read more
What are some things that can happen to a teen upon waking that look like a seizure. He was taking barbitutes for sleep. Shallow breathing and limp?
Need more info: Based on question it sounds like you noted that your son has very shallow breathing and limp but not clear if he is responsive or not or if any unusual movements noted. Whether or not there is known barbituate exposure if there is any question about responsiveness or mental status he needs to be evaluated by a medical provider now. ...Read more
When phenobarbital is taken for sleeping could it cause a 16 yo to have is eyes rolling and be unresponsive and shallow breathing?
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When phenobarbital is taken for sleeping could it cause a 16 yo to have is eyes rolling and be unresponsive and shallow breathing this happen in 1998?
Phenobarbital is an anti-convulsant barbiturate and a sedative hypnotic. It is not commonly used for sleeping anymore, having been replaced by benzodiazepines.
It does induce sleep and depresses respiration (breathing), so the symptoms you describe are not unusual. The rolling eyes can be indicative of a stage of sleep-rem (rapid eye movement). ...Read more
If a teen is on phenabarital for sleep could it be hard to wake him after only 2 hours of taking eyes were in back of head shallow breathing?
At that point the drug will be at peak levels, but I would make sure they didn't take too much. They should still be arousable with stimulation or you may want to seek the help of a health professional.
Phenobarbital can depress breathing which can be serious so if they won't react to you, pick up the phone and seek help. ...Read more
Can you please explain how phenabarbital puts you to sleep when it was used for sleep. Caused me shallow breathing and eyes rollin unable to wake?
I've went to the hospital from waking up and not breathing correctly and having shallow breathing. My hearts fine from the scans. Do I have sleep Apne?
ToSleepPerchanceTo..: There are certain indications for the need of an overnight sleep study to figure this out. Some of the general indications to justify this study are: Excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, or repeated awakening with gasping or choking; persistent loud snoring, Observed apnea or choking episodes, or significantly overweight. Check with your doctor about this. Every Health Plan is different. ...Read more
Had 2 seizures in my sleep at age16 just had shallow breathing and eyes in back of head only my parents seen could this have been deep sleep 30 now?
Yes, it could have: There is really no way to know if those old symptoms your parents saw were indeed seizures. Even as experts, it is sometimes difficult for doctors to determine if some types of neurologic activity are seizures - that's what eeg's are for. If question as to whether you still have anything, a sleep study or sleep deprived eeg may provide you with answers. ...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
See below: A deviated septum, allergic rhinitis, sleep apnea, among other conditions may cause you to prefer to mouth breathe. It is recommended that you consult an ENT and/or a sleep medicine specialist, so they can properly evaluate you. Based on what the underlying cause is, a treatment plan can be made. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Check nose: Mouth breathing during sleep can sometimes be caused by a blockage or congestion in the nose. Nasal saline solutions to irrigate the nose may help. Nasal sprays may also help. Discuss this with your doctor and or an ENT (ear nose and throat) specialist. PS-If you also snore and feel tired during the day, you might want to consider a sleep study. ...Read more
Hello Sir, Since I have shifted from India to Saudi Arabia, I am constantly having difficulty in breathing and dry mouthn while sleeping. Please advis?
Probably not related: While Saudi Arabian climate can be daunting to any recent arrival to cause physical discomfort before acclimatizing, for on going problems in falling asleep, pl get yourself checked for any sleep disturbance which can cause long term adverse effects on your health. ...Read more