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

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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