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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?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: R/o CHF

The other entity to rule out is early congestive heart failure ("paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea").
Blood backed up in your lungs produces a vicious cycle by pressing on the pulmonary veins as you sleep -- you break it only by sitting up. It feels horrible and many physicians don't know the real explanation. Good luck.

In brief: R/o CHF

The other entity to rule out is early congestive heart failure ("paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea").
Blood backed up in your lungs produces a vicious cycle by pressing on the pulmonary veins as you sleep -- you break it only by sitting up. It feels horrible and many physicians don't know the real explanation. Good luck.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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