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Stop Breathing While Sleeping
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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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
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
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Trouble sleeping, not drinking, no trouble breathing, regularly sleeping habits 10pm-7am... But i'm waking up 5-10x / night for 1-5 minutes at a time?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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