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Feel need to gasp for breath 2,3 hours into sleep

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  • Posted By: cheyanna7
  • February 24, 2007
  • 02:36 PM

At times, while sleeping, I'll wake up with the feeling that I can't breath. I feel as if I have to gasp for air. This usually happens about two to three hours after I go to sleep. If I sit up or get up and go for a walk, it straightens out. My aunt has this same problem lately. For me, I have discovered these last few days that if I stay away from dairy products within 4 hours of going to sleep, it doesn't happen. For both of us, there is a feeling of fullness at the point where the throat connects to the chest. For me, it's as if there is a small pillow in there stuck. There is no acidy feeling, no chest pain, no rapid heartbeat. Just a feeling of lack of air. For my aunt, she feels as if she can't exhale very well. As for me, I am a bit overweight. As for her, she is at the proper weight, perhaps a bit under. She has also had thyroid cancer, but this stuffyness feeling is lower than that was

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  • Have you had a sleep study done? You may have sleep apnea.
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    • February 26, 2007
    • 01:33 AM
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  • this happens in heart failure (not as bad as it sounds)any cough in the morning?any sign of swelling around the ankles?
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  • I have a friend who has this problem. He has to sleep with the window open, otherwise he awakes in the middle of the night. Apparently the small rise in CO2 concentration in the bedroom during the night is enough to trigger this reaction. It might not work for you, but it's worth trying.
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