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I forget to breathe before I fall asleep.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 21, 2007
  • 00:41 PM

Hello Everyone,

This is a very short post, but nonetheless, I would still appreciate some help.
This has been happening for approximately 1 year now. About 40% of the time this occurs: I seem to stop breathing when I am on my "way to sleep." Now I cannot tell you if I actually do this when I AM asleep. But I notice that when I am drifting off, I wake up (if that is the right word) gasping and light headed. I suffer from asthma, but I've had asthma for 24 years and this has never happened, besides, I am not suffering chest tightness when this happens. I have also been diagnosed with another illness earlier this year, but it's unrelated. I have not spoken with my Dr about this yet. And I am hesitant to go to a sleep clinic simply because this happens less than half the time, and I don't want to look like an idiot when my tests come back normal. I have had a hard time getting the diagnosis for my other illness, and I don''t want to go through it again. Please can you help.

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  • Sounds like 'sleep apnea'. look it up on the net, get informed, then make an appt to see your PCP.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2007
    • 11:42 PM
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  • You're not an idiot. They are used to these symptoms. Please discuss it with your doctor; you may need oxygen while you sleep.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 22, 2007
    • 06:59 AM
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  • Does anyone witness your sleep problem? Besides sleep apnea, sleep paralysis might also be your problem. Do you feel as if you can't move until you get that first breath? If you have witnessed attacks, (they probably wake the other person up), then maybe your doc will just order the c-pap machine for you. But you probably have the apnea many times a night. I had a sleep study which showed I had insomnia (well,...duh) and NOT sleep apnea or restless leg (This I DO have) and since the study was VERY pricey, make sure you know how much you are going to have to pay. But be sure and have this problem corrected because it can effect your cardiac status and some other problems.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 23, 2007
    • 10:41 AM
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  • Nope, since this has been occurring I have not had anyone witness this. I don't live with anyone. Unfortunately I cannot even distinuish a pattern in occurance, however, when this does occur, it happens 3-9 times before I can settle into sleep. It either happens a lot during one night, or it doesn't happen at all. Usually I "wake" quite startled and take a few deep breaths and then seem to drift off again. I have only once mentioned this to a Dr of mine, but he did say that it wasn't his main concern at present. I am currently hunting down another Dr. Since that situation with my Dr, I have become quite hesitant to raise my concern, or try to address it with the concern that I am sure it deserves. If you can understand that predicament.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 23, 2007
    • 11:22 AM
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  • Sleep apnea is quite the medical topic nowadays as docs realize that so many health problems are cause by poor sleep. Just tell your NEW doc you think you have sleep apnea and you need to be treated NOW. I really don't understand your "predicament". Just be assertive about your health problems. You are paying them! They are not doing you a favor just by seeing you.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 08:11 AM
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