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Trouble breathing while lying on back?

Trouble breathing while  lying  on back?

More info: This could be manifestation of heart disease. It is best to see your doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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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


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Can I stop taking sleeping pills?

Can I stop taking sleeping pills?

Yes: Yes, you can discontinue use, but how it's done depends on what you are taking and for how long. It is not recommended to just stop abruptly. You need to be weaned off and monitored for any side effects. ...Read more

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Choking feeling while sleeping... Unable to breathe through nose suddenly?

Choking feeling while sleeping... Unable to breathe through nose suddenly?

Suddenly?: Sudden nasal congestion can be from a viral infection. If you have been developing choking in your sleep for a while with some nasal congestion and now your nose is completely blocked you may have nasal allergies and post nasal drip. Depending on the duration of your symptoms either see your primary or an allergist. ...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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When can I stop doing nighttime feedings?

When can I stop doing nighttime feedings?

Night time feeds: Most babies can sleep through the night by the time they are 4 to 6 months of age. It also depends on other things as, when do you give him his last feed, and at what time do you actually put the infant to bed. Try to give your baby a late last feed of the night and see what he or she does. It also helps if your baby can self soothe and have his own space to sleep, so it will be easier to sleep. ...Read more

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My baby gasp for air while sleeping?

My baby gasp for air while sleeping?

Get it checked out!: Take a video (with your phone) and the baby to your Pediatric Health Professional and get it checked out (although it sounds normal (called "startle" reaction) Hope this helps Good Luck DrZ ...Read more

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Experiencing difficulty breathing while eating. Doesn't have asthma.

Experiencing difficulty breathing while eating. Doesn't have asthma.

Swallowing: Could this be a problem with swallowing mechanics? Is there associated choking or coughing while eating? You may have pharyngolaryngeal reflux. If so a speech pathologist can evaluate you for swallowing problems and refer you to either a neurologist or otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Trouble getting air while trying to breathe before ihaler?

Trouble getting air while trying to breathe before ihaler?

Need Immediate Care: If you are too short of breath to use an inhaler medication and do not have a home nebulizer machine you need immediate medical attention in urgent care or emergency room. When this episode is over and you are feeling better, ask your doctor about having an asthma action plan- written instructions to use when you are having breathing problems. This included use of a peak flow meter, different meds. ...Read more

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Will I stop breathing during anesthesia?

Will I stop breathing during anesthesia?

It depends: It is possible to breathe entirely on your own during general anesthesia, depending on the type of surgery you have. With some types of airway devices such as an lma, you don't have to be on a ventilator. However, major operations on the abdomen or chest, for example, usually require a breathing tube and the patient does not resume breathing on his own until the surgery is over. ...Read more

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How can I stop having anxiety attacks while sleeping?

How can I stop having anxiety attacks while sleeping?

Is it a Panic D/O?: You could be suffering from a panic disorder and in that case the combination of medication and therapy might be your best option. ...Read more

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How to stop teeth grinding while sleeping?

How to stop teeth grinding while sleeping?

Grinding: You need to see your dentist who can make you an occlusal guard(night guard) to wear during sleep. ...Read more

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Falling asleep while not tired.?

Falling asleep while  not tired.?

May be a deficiency: Of some nutrient or a symptom of something more serious, get a good physical exam and screening labs. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep) (worsened by: varying sleep schedule, alcohol use) and feeling anxious...

I am experiencing  difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep) (worsened by: varying sleep schedule, alcohol use)  and feeling anxious...

Consider med eval: for anxiety & poor sleep. Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, ...Read more

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I've been having trouble sleeping and staying asleep. What can I do or take to fall asleep and stay asleep?

I've been having trouble sleeping and staying asleep. What can I do or take to fall asleep and stay asleep?

Insomnia: The best treatment for insomnia is to identify the underlying cause and address it. The most common cause of difficulty falling asleep is stress or bringing your worries to bed. Difficulty staying asleep can be a symptoms of a sleep related breathing or movement disorder. I recommend against taking a medicine to put you to sleep. It is not a good long term solution. ...Read more

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When should someone start taking sleeping pills?

When should someone start taking sleeping pills?

See A Sleep Doc: Insomnia is a complex problem. Different factor need to be looked at and evaluated such as environment, medications and sleep hygiene. I avoid using sleeping pills because they're used to cover up symptoms rather than treat the underlying problem. If I do use anything to help patients to reset their sleep cycle, I use Melatonin as a training tool. A sleep specialist can be of great help. ...Read more

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Can I hurt myself or the baby from sleep walking while on ambien (zolpidem)?

Can I hurt myself or the baby from sleep walking while on ambien (zolpidem)?

Yes: Ambien (zolpidem) is a pregnancy category c medication, which means to take during pregnancy only if the benefits out weigh the risks. Only the mother and ob/gyn can make that decision. Precautions need to be taken to protect the sleep walking mother such as locking doors to the outside and padding sharp furniture corners. ...Read more

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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