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Will something other than sleep apnea cause me to wake up at night gasping for air?

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Dr. Mehran Farid-Moayer
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Sometimes acid reflux (gerd) may present with symptoms similar to choking or sleep apnea.

In brief: Yes

Sometimes acid reflux (gerd) may present with symptoms similar to choking or sleep apnea.
Dr. Mehran Farid-Moayer
Dr. Mehran Farid-Moayer
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Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry

In brief: Yes

It's probably sleep apnea, though.

In brief: Yes

It's probably sleep apnea, though.
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dr. Robert Ryan
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Yes - reflux

Stomach juice can come up into your throat while you lie down and sleep.
Gravity is not your friend when you lay down and in certain people stomach juice can come into the throat leading to coughing, choking, gasping and even temporary inability to breath. If this is happening to you please see an ENT doctor to have your lower throat area looked at.

In brief: Yes - reflux

Stomach juice can come up into your throat while you lie down and sleep.
Gravity is not your friend when you lay down and in certain people stomach juice can come into the throat leading to coughing, choking, gasping and even temporary inability to breath. If this is happening to you please see an ENT doctor to have your lower throat area looked at.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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