Trouble Breathing at Night?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Does he have trouble breathing at night, or when he’s sleeping?  There is a difference.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@megz06:  It could be sleep apnea then.  Asthma can have odd triggers though.  I know GPs will refer someone to a sleep study here, don’t know the system there though.  My GP would be my first place to go.  A sleep study sounds like a good idea, but something else might also be suggested, like a pulmonary function test.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@megz06:  It does sound like sleep apnea. The only thing is, I’m surprised that he’s aware of it! Most people who suffer from sleep apnea don’t remember waking up in the night.  The biggest symptom they have is fatigue during the day.  Does he carry weight on his stomach? That would predispose him to sleep apnea. And some people just have it even at a normal weight.

The other possibility that occurs to me is very bad acid reflux or GERD, which can certainly give someone a breathless feeling as though their oxygen is suddenly being cut off.

Either way it sounds like a really good idea to see the doctor.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@megz06:  I do this exact same thing when I sleep – fill up my lungs and then almost hold my breath while the air comes out slowly, making kind of a pop-pop-pop sound. I’ve woken myself up doing it and have been told by others that they hear me do it. It’s not something that happens every night, I think I might even go through periods of times where it happens and then long periods where it doesn’t. 

I’ve never been overly concerned but I found some message boards awhile back where people discuss this happening to them. Apparently it’s different from sleep apnea, but the consensus seemed to be that nobody knew what caused it. I know this isn’t much help but just thought I’d share my own experience. 

 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

It does sound like possible sleep apnea to me.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I get the same thing sometimes.  At first, I thought I was waking up with panic attacks.  My doctor thought I had GERD. Turns out it was allergies to dust mites/post-nasal drip.  I got a prescription for rhinocort and haven’t had trouble since.  We also got rid of a lot of the extra furniture, knick-knacks and the carpeting. It’s worth checking it out.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

This happens to my husband and it is a combination of asthma and allergies. He takes an inhaler right before he lays down and it helps significantly.

Sleep apnea is more waking by a loud snore, which is your bodies way of opening the airway. You would more likely notice sleep apena than your husband would. Good luck to him to find out what the problem is!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I also have my mattress, box spring and pillows encased in allergy-proof covers.  Ideally, DH would be the one to change the linens and do all of the vacuuming, but I don’t see that happening.

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