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Why Do I Always Cough When I Sleep
Sleep apnea : Sweating during sleep can be caused from a variety of problems including sleep apnea, medication side effect, hormonal changes and infection. In my practice sweating is one of the physical signs of apnea (stopping breathing) so a sleep study would be very reasonable if the others above are ruled out. ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Hot?: Coughing involves not only muscle contraction but also straining, increasing pressure in the abdominal cavity and also forcing air out of the lungs. This may make you feel somewhat "flushed" or temporarily warm. Also, you may have a fever from your illness. Being sick even without fever sometimes makes patients feel warm or flushed, which is part of the immune response. ...Read more
Depends: Hormone levels fluctuate throughout the day and can contribute to this, as can dream content, and simplest is room temperature vs your temperature. The body maintains its normal range (homeostasis) continuously, and if too many blankets or too hot a room, your body will sweat to cool itself. It could also be an indicator of fever and infection--so if applicable, see your dr. ...Read more
Many reasons: There could be many reasons. Anxiety, stress, underlying medical (including sleep) issues, and of course improper sleep hygiene. Try to avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, large meals, bright lights, and electronics (tv, smart phone, computer, etc.) before bedtime. And go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Swallowing air: It is likely that as a nervous habit, you swallow air and that causes burping. By itself it is not harmful. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more
Stress incontinence: Stress incontinence or unwanted leakage of urine with activity, strain, cough, etc. Is an unfortunately common problem for women as they age. More common after childbirth, it is commonly the result of decreased resistence in the urethra resulting in urine leakage when you don't want it. There are options for treatment, you should discuss this with your doctor who may refer you to urologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Snoring/mouth breath: Wonder if you are snoring or mouth breathing when you sleep which could cause some of this. The other concern is obstructive sleep apnea (esp. with the headaches). Best to see your doctor and discuss. Hope this was helpful. Thanks for using Healthtap. Best of luck with this. Dr R ...Read more
Cough when lying: May be reflux, or post nasal drip , even asthmatic may cough as your lungs are more compressed when ying down. Check PFTs, check for reflux consider ranitidine/ prevecid if have reflux, consider zyrtec before bed to decrease nasal congestion and post nasal drip if that is present. f/u /w/ doc ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No More Nightmares: Dreams with unusual content are not uncommon after disturbing or stressful events. Dreams that wake you, flash backs, intrusive memories and recurring dreams or recurring theme dreams are symptoms of unresolved distress. See the No More Nightmares book and a qualified trauma or sleep disorders expert. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reflex: Coughing increases your intra abdominal pressure, decreases the pressure in the chest when you breath in. Sometimes this induces reflux acid to come up into the esophagus. You may induce a gag reflex like this or from thick mucus. That types of spasms can be a part of a particular illness called pertussis that you could get checked for. ...Read more
Needs evaluation: Persistent nightmares although uncommon in adults need to be evaluated and treated. Psychological causes are underlying anxiety, depression and ptsd. Treatment; talk therapy like cbt. Medical causes; sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome or other parasomnias. Treatment; treat the disorder. Medications like benzodiazepines, ssris, anti hypertensives can cause nightmares as side effect see your doc. ...Read more
Why do I cough when I finish eating? Why is it hard to breath when I lay down? Why does my hand get stiff? Why do I hear ringing in my ears?
Not related: The hand and ear symptoms are not related to the cough and breathing. Start with the cough after eating and ask your primary care doc (pediatrician, family doc, etc). You may have gastroesophageal reflux. That would also cause breathing problems. Difficulty breathing could also be asthma, anxiety, etc. Start with one thing at a time, the most important one first. ...Read more
2nd answer: Nightmares may result from various meds, medical & psychiatric illnesses in addition to stress & worry. Daily living habits may contribute, such as a late night snack, certain foods, sleep deprivation (which may be caused by nightmares). If unable to identify specific cause then general measures noted in my first answer apply. If you rewrite dreams upon awakening you can train your brain to do it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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