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Hello I have bad anxiety as I sleep I suddenly wake gasping for air I don't have apnea is this anxiety?

Hello I have bad anxiety as I sleep I suddenly wake gasping for air I don't have apnea is this anxiety?

Therapy will help.: Sadly, you may be having anxiety. If you are sure you don't have sleep apnea then I would wonder if you are having nightmares. You may want to talk with someone about your current level of stress. Of course, first be sure there is nothing physical going on, only then would I pursue the possibility of emotional issues, i.e. Anxiety and stress. ...Read more

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I have chronic anxiety and when I just about to drift to asleep I wake gasping for air and sometimes during the day is that anxiety?

I have chronic anxiety and when I just about to drift to asleep I wake gasping for air and sometimes during the day is that anxiety?

Sleep apnea: Please see your physician asap. If you awaken gasping for air, you probably are suffering from sleep apnea- stopping breathing for at least 10 seconds. Whether it is obstructive (airway being blocked) or central (no signal to breath) this lack of oxygen is very dangerous, as it can lead to strokes, heart attacks and death. ...Read more

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As I just drift asleep I wake gasping for air I do have anxiety and don't have sleep apnea what else could be going on?

As I just drift asleep I wake gasping for air I do have anxiety and don't have sleep apnea what else could be going on?

Panic Disorder: Many folks who are highly anxious have a fear on not getting enough air. When we are between sleeping and waking we can feel quite vulnerable and pull out of the relaxed state with a start. Get help from your doc or a clinical psychologist, more likely the latter will be the one to help you through this. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up gasping for air?

Why do I wake up gasping for air?

Rule out sleep apnea: An important sleep disorder that involves waking up, gasping for air, and often also involves snoring is called obstructive sleep apnea. There is a temporary closing off of the airway during sleep that causes periods of no breathing and therefore involuntary waking. There are other conditions that can involve gasping, including waking from nightmares, night terrors, anxiety attacks, and others. ...Read more

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I wake up gasping for air should I be concerned???

I wake up gasping for air should I be concerned???

Sleep apnea: Hello. Awakening gasping for air is not normal. It is important to be checked by your doctor because there are several things that could cause it, including sleep apnea, asthma, allergies/post nasal drip, anxiety, and some types of heart problems. Your doctor can help you find out what's causing your sleep disturbance and get it treated. You will likely need a sleep study as part of the work up. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hynogogcic jerks can u wake up gasping for air for instance?

What are the symptoms of hynogogcic jerks can u wake up gasping for air for instance?

Anxiety: Many folks who are highly anxious have a fear on not getting enough air. When we are between sleeping and waking we can feel quite vulnerable and pull out of the relaxed state with a start. Get help from your doc or a clinical psychologist, more likely the latter will be the one to help you through this. Magnesium level can be tested for and supplemented if needed. Low mag can cause jerks. ...Read more

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Why when I go to sleep I feel like I go into a deep sleep and wake up gasping for air feels like im gonna die?

Why when I go to sleep I feel like I go into a deep sleep and wake up gasping for air feels like im gonna die?

Sleep apnea or: Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common cause of this symptom, but there are other causes (including ondine's curse). A sleep study will show precisely what the cause is. ...Read more

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When I am about to fall asleep I will suddenly wake up gasping for air and will feel like I'm suffocating for some seconds.

When I am about to fall asleep I will suddenly wake up gasping for air and will feel like I'm suffocating for some seconds.

Get a check-up: There are two terms doctors use often for shortness of breath in bed: "orthopnea" which is not being able to lie flat without feeling short of breath and "PND" which is similar to what you describe, that is, waking up short of breath after being asleep. You may need an evaluation for a possible sleep disorder and also heart and lung studies. If you also have leg swelling, see your doctor soon! ...Read more

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Why do I sometimes wake up not breathing iam asleep and out of no where I wake up gasping for air is their something wrong with me?

Why do I sometimes wake up not breathing iam asleep and out of no where I wake up gasping for air is their something wrong with me?

Sleep lab: The right diagnosis of this is made in a study called "sleep study", to rule out conditions like sleep apnea and others. It does not hurt; but definitely I would be interested in knowing the results. ...Read more

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I notice when I take a Xanax (alprazolam) I stop breathing in my sleep and wake up gasping for air several times a night. What could this be?

I notice when I take a Xanax (alprazolam) I stop breathing in my sleep and wake up gasping for air several times a night. What could this be?

Apnea or panic: Possibly withdrawal panic attacks; but more likely and worrisome concern is central sleep apnea - brain not registering low oxygen - forgets to breathe- temporary suffocation. Starving your brain of oxygen Very dangerous-impairs thinking & judgement next day., causes depression & daytime sleepiness, eg fall asleep driving. This needs IMMEDIATE attention! Taper Xanax (alprazolam) w/ your MD. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my 13yr old wakes up gasping for air struggles to breathe told it could be allergy asthma or acid reflux?

Should I be concerned if my 13yr old wakes up gasping for air struggles to breathe told it could be allergy asthma or acid reflux?

Yes: I would be very concerned if my child is gasping for air and struggling to breath in the middle of the night. A variety of lung or heart diseases can cause difficulty breathing. You should bring your child to see a local physician urgently. If it persists, you might want to bring him or her to the nearest er. ...Read more

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I wake up gasping for air, feel short of breath often, have persistent light chest congestion, and am occasionally disoriented. I'm 27, 145 lbs, rarely exercise. It's been a year, worse lately. Ideas?

? asthma: Awakening with shortness of breath or coughing or wheezing is often due to nocturnal asthma. It's best to discuss this symptom with your physician who will order the appropriate tests and treatment. The symptoms may be brought on by changes in temperature or barometric pressure or by dust mites or dust collectors in your bedroom. ...Read more

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I'm trying to sleep but every time I doze off, I wake up gasping for air. I do have a stuffy nose and mucus buildup. What's going on? Can I go to bed?

I'm trying to sleep but every time I doze off, I wake up gasping for air. I do have a stuffy nose and mucus buildup. What's going on? Can I go to bed?

Possible: It sounds like you might have sleep apnea. I would suggest you avoid sleeping on your back and see a physician trained in sleep medicine for an evaluation and treatment. Sleep apnea can be life threatening. ...Read more

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Once in awhile I wake up gasping for air. If this usually only happens if I am laying on my back with only one pillow, does this mean it is less likely to be central apnea caused by a brain tumor?

Once in awhile I wake up gasping for air. If this usually only happens if I am laying on my back with only one pillow, does this mean it is less likely to be central apnea caused by a brain tumor?

Obstructive: Central apnea is when a person isn't even trying to breath. Since you were gasping, that means there was effort and likely an obstruction. A sleep test (polysomnogram) would be best to determine what is happening. ...Read more

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Yawning to catch my breath- shortness of breath. Albuterol inhaler doesn't help. At night wake up gasping for air. What kind of doctor should I see?

Yawning to catch my breath- shortness of breath. Albuterol inhaler doesn't help. At night wake up gasping for air. What kind of doctor should I see?

Prego -short breath: If you are pregnant and on several medications, you first must be sure you are healthy for the pregnancy and be sure to have your OB doctor okay any medication. If your health is okay then some of your symptoms may be anxiety based and you should talk to your family doctor about this, to diagnose and give you assistance. ...Read more

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Wake up gasping for air & shortness of breath sometimes during the day. Recently feels alone and nothing is right. Heart failure or anxiety?

Wake up gasping for air & shortness of breath sometimes during the day. Recently feels alone and nothing is right. Heart failure or anxiety?

Possibly sleep apnea: First rule out sleep apnea as this is very common and could be causing your symptoms. It could very easily be anxiety as well. You should start by seeing your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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I have problems sleeping at night especially on a full stomach. I wake up gasping for air and heart racing. Also a tightness in my chest. Any ideas?

Sleep Apnea/Asthma: Your symptoms are suspicious for a condition called sleep apnea which happens when your breathing pattern is disrupted during sleep. Also, asthma can present in a similar manner. Sleep apnea is usually associated with overweight patients and asthma is normally associated with wheezing. Luckily, both are easily treatable, see your primary care doctor for treatment options. ...Read more

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31yr male -sleep internal tremors, sleep apnea. Wake up gasping for air, GERD for 1yr, high bp, sinusitis, awake muscle fatigue. What's causing tremors?

31yr male -sleep internal tremors, sleep apnea. Wake up gasping for air, GERD for 1yr, high bp, sinusitis, awake muscle fatigue. What's causing tremors?

Sleep apnea: This could all be related to sleep apnea. You will require a sleep study and possibly treatment. There are many other causes for your symptoms. You will need to follow-up with your doctor. These symptoms require a systematic approach until a final diagnosis is found. ...Read more

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Having major coughing attacks. Was diagnosed with acute bronchitis, and beginning signs of pneumonia I wake up coughing gasping for air like pertussis?

Having major coughing attacks. Was diagnosed with acute bronchitis, and beginning signs of pneumonia I wake up coughing gasping for air like pertussis?

Maybe: If that is a concern, then you can be tested for pertussis. Homeopathic remedies like ipecac and drosera may be helpful as can elderberry. Hopefully you are on an antibiotic as well....Zithromax is a good choice. You ay need to be seen again if you are worsening or not improving. ...Read more

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While sleeping I wake to chocking, gasping for air from breathing in saliva. Happens often! What should I do?

While sleeping I wake to chocking, gasping for air from breathing in saliva. Happens often! What should I do?

Sleep Clinic: You urgently need to see a sleep specialist and be observed sleeping in a sleep clinic. Please contact your local hospital to get in to be seen urgently. ...Read more

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What could cause a person to wake up coffin and gasping for air.

What could cause a person to wake up coffin and gasping for air.

Cough/air hunger: Several possibilities e.g. Sleep apnea, or gerd a condition where stomach contents regurgitate into your throat during sleep. See your doctor for complete exam and workup for your problem. ...Read more

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It doesn't happen often but happens every couple of months maybe. I wake up in the night gasping for air for about ten seconds. What could it be?

It doesn't happen often but happens every couple of months maybe. I wake up in the night gasping for air for about ten seconds. What could it be?

OSA: Sounds like you should see a sleep physician and find out if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It is easily treated. In extreme cases, this condition is life threatening so please get it checked as soon as possible. ...Read more

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