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Fast, shallow breathing, but only at rest - why?

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  • Posted By: Finchy
  • March 18, 2008
  • 00:42 PM

What could this be caused/cured by...?

My partner breathes normally during everyday activities, but as soon as he becomes very relaxed or falls asleep his breathing speeds up and becomes very fast and shallow. Each complete breath takes only 1 to 2 seconds!

He does not notice this and is not distressed by it, but to me it sounds very, very wrong! It's quite stressful to lie next to, in contrast to the slow, deep breathing that normally accompanies relaxation.

I know he must see a doctor, but I am interested in others' experiences here, and any suggestions you have as to what could be causing this.

Also relevant may be that he...
- Used to smoke, but hasn't for 1 year.
- Is slightly overweight
- Tends to snore
- Has slight chronic/intermittent sinus congestion
- Has a mild case of Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder
- Does quite a lot of moderate exercise, with no problems at all
- Just recently, under higher exertion he sweats excessively and feels that he can't breath properly, and finds this distressing
- Is in his 40s

Thanks very much,
Finchy

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