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December 8, 2011 3:26 AM
I just wanted to see if anyone else has the problem were they wake up in the middle of the night and they struggle to breahte then your heart raceses for a bit? Its like ur asleep then all of a sudden you jump half put of ur bed because you feel like your chocking or something? This has been happinh every few nights and im not sure why its not often only sometimes and my last episode was night is this because of my weight maybe?
December 8, 2011 3:32 AM
Years ago this happened to me. For me it had nothing to do with weight.
For me it was allergy induced asthma.
See a DR, they can check how irritated your lungs are, which is a sign of this.
There are some simple medicinal treatments.

Good Luck
December 8, 2011 3:33 AM
That's happened to me a few times. Not enough that I've sought medical treatment. Don't think it has to do with your weight. Also wondered if it's a mild case of sleep apnea.
December 8, 2011 3:35 AM
Sounds like apnea to me. Unchecked can lead to heart disease. Know this from experience. May want to let your doctor know.
December 8, 2011 3:35 AM
When i was pregnant.
December 8, 2011 3:36 AM
Sounds a bit like obstructive sleep apnoea.

I have that condition and one of the symptoms I had was like you described. (I am OK now thanks to a CPAP machine)

You need to get this checked out by a doctor (try googling sleep apnoea / apnea)
December 8, 2011 3:36 AM
Sounds like Sleep Apnea. Get it checked, as oxygen deprivation can have bad effects on your health. GP can refer you to a sleep clinic if he agrees with your suspicions.
December 8, 2011 3:36 AM
Go see your doctor.
December 8, 2011 3:38 AM
could it really be sleep apnoea when its really rare that it happens
December 8, 2011 3:39 AM

Sounds like apnea to me. Unchecked can lead to heart disease. Know this from experience. May want to let your doctor know.

I agree with this - go see your doctor. it's not an uncommon problem. You may be stopping breathing in your sleep - which (fortunately) wakes you up. I'm not sure about the link to heart disease.

If you are waking up with difficulty breathing then it is more likely to be asthma or similar. Either way, you need to go and see your doctor.
December 8, 2011 3:40 AM

could it really be sleep apnoea when its really rare that it happens

December 8, 2011 3:43 AM
yes plus do you have anyone else in your house/room with you? while your asleep? snoring extremely loudly and waking in the middle of the night gasping for air are the critial causes of apena. my drs thought i had it but i didn't wake in the night or snore mine was based on my allergy asthma attacks.
December 8, 2011 3:45 AM
I spoke to my partner about it he said when i do that im breathing normal but i wake up and i fele liek i cant breathe,,,,because im usally asleep before him and he sees me do it almost everytime...hes like u were breathign normal but my hearts racing at the time and im catching a breathe any ideas on to maybe what that is i dont have heart probs iv had my heart checked many times because my dad has that prob.I dont have asthma but my child does
December 8, 2011 3:47 AM
oh and my partner said i snore sometimes but not all the time.
December 8, 2011 3:51 AM
I get that a few times. I was checked by doctors who said its caused by being overweight and putting excess strain on the oesophegus. I was told to sleep with my mattress propped up which as helped. But anything like that should be checked out by a doctor.
December 8, 2011 3:54 AM
Could be anxiety. Best advice I can give you is to go see a doctor. Good Luck.
Edited by Tori_356 On December 8, 2011 3:55 AM
December 8, 2011 4:02 AM
My boyfriend does this sometimes. He stops breathing for a little while then coughs and splutters himself (and me) awake. D: Scares me half to death.
December 8, 2011 4:14 AM
It sounds like apnea... but honestly your best option is to go see a doctor. If it is apnea, it isn't something to mess with. If it isn't, you'll want to get to the bottom of it either way. It isn't "normal."
December 8, 2011 4:25 AM
I had that once a couple of hours after taking Night Nurse capsules. Very scary at the time.
December 8, 2011 4:34 AM
Sounds like it might be sleep advice? See a Doctor! :)
December 8, 2011 4:48 AM
when you fall right asleep and go immediately into REM sleep this can happen. During REM sleep your breathing slows way down so this can happen if you are not deeply enough asleep and you wake out of that first REM sleep cycle.
December 8, 2011 4:50 AM
Any kind of respiratory distress, especially when accompanied by heart irregularity should immediately be checked by your doctor. Your heart racing likely means it was having it work extra hard because you were not getting enough oxygen. Fortunately, you were awakened. Sleep apnea, blood clot in the lung, allergy/asthma, heart failure or dysrhythmia, lung disease are a few of many reasons that could lead to these symptoms.
December 8, 2011 4:59 AM
I had this happen twice within a few months just before I started losing weight - for me, I also felt like I was going to throw up and that is what seemed to cause my lack of ability to breathe. I think for me it had to do with acid reflux because I was eating so terribly - since I started losing weight I haven't had any issues.

I agree with the others though and since you're having this repeatedly, I'd definitely talk to your doctor ASAP to ensure nothing more serious is going on! Good luck!
December 8, 2011 5:00 AM
See your doctor. Sounds like me before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, where you stop breathing and then when you start breathing again you wake up gasping and coughing for air. Overweight people have a tendency to have sleep apnea. My doctor sent me for a sleep study and yes, I had sleep apnea. I now use a cpap machine and havent had any episodes since. There could be something else is wrong, but my guess would be sleep apnea. Either way, go see your doctor. It's not something that will go away.
December 8, 2011 5:04 AM
Sounds a bit like sleep apnoea ... had the same thing a few years ago .. got a cpap machine ... no problems sleeping now ... fell much more rested ... and it lowers blood pressure too ... bonuses all around ... by the way don't go cheap ... you get what you pay for


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