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Stop Breathing While Sleeping
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
1yr.old cries, snores, stops breathing while sleeping. purposefully Bangs head a lot (in good moods). & had several ear infections. Related?
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: This needs to be addressed by a physician as it can be a serious health problem. ...Read more
I noticed that my dad stops breathing sometimes while he is sleeping and I am worried about him. Is there anything wrong with him? I love him!
He may have Sleep: Apnea, especially if he is overweight, snores, has daytime drowsiness & a + family history. Health risks of untreated sleep apnea can be quite serious. See www.sleepapnea.org/learn/sleep-apnea.html. Use your smart phone to video& audio record him during sleep. Show it to him, encourage him to see his doctor for a physical exam & referral for an overnight sleep study & save the video for his M.D. ...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. Get startes get healthy & see a doctor ...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
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
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