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Old 12-24-2017, 11:42 AM
 
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I recently waked up and was gasping for air like the wind had been knocked out of me. This has only happened to me about 3 times but it is scary. Is this sleep apnea or something different?
Go to your Dr. asap. Sounds like sleep apnea.....which is life threatening if untreated.
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Old 12-24-2017, 02:20 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Its rare that you would do a sleep study and not get recommended a CPAP at the end of it, its a bit of a racket.
That's hard to say, because when someone concludes that they have a noticeable enough sleep problem to get an analysis done, a CPAP probably ends up being indicated for most. I suppose there are some people who get studies done even if they don't have issues but they are probably the minority. My Dad's snoring would shake the house but he denied it (even with recordings), refused to do anything about it even when he was obviously exhausted in the mornings. Hate to think about how sleep deprived my mother ended up being all those years.
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Old 12-24-2017, 03:05 PM
 
Location: 500 miles from home
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It could be sleep apnea, but waking up choking also happens to people who suffer from GERD. Time to consult a doctor.
Exactly what I was thinking - could be either.
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Old 12-24-2017, 04:04 PM
 
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Whats the weight of these people with sleep apnea? Usually they are obese. Loosing weight can wean some folks off of CPAP.
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Old 12-24-2017, 04:20 PM
 
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I recommend a FULL medical checkup. It could be your heart. It could be a lot of things. I would not wait too long....
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Old 12-24-2017, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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One thing the OP could also try is to spend about $20 on one of the finger oxygen sensors: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Finger-Pu...sion/102807557. If you or anybody else is waking up gasping for breath; you should check and see if you have low oxygen readings. It only takes a few seconds to test if you wake up gasping for breath and it is a number to tell your doctor. Any reading under 92% should be discussed with your doctor immediately. I am not sure what reading should trigger a call for an ambulance - maybe some others on this forum know?
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Old 12-24-2017, 05:43 PM
 
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https://www.wikihow.com/Measure-Oxyg...Pulse-Oximeter
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Old 12-24-2017, 06:51 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I'm pretty sure I will be prescribed one. My father has traveled w/ me in hotels and I can hear him through the walls and he has the same thing but never diagnosed. I wish he'd get seen for it (80+ yrs old). This stuff probably passes down through generations I'm sure. Me? I drink a couple of light beers in the afternoon and I'm sure that doesn't help.
Usually, sleep apnea and snoring can be corrected by losing weight.
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Old 12-24-2017, 07:10 PM
 
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I recently waked up and was gasping for air like the wind had been knocked out of me. This has only happened to me about 3 times but it is scary. Is this sleep apnea or something different?
It could be anxiety too. Because you're worried about it causing it to happen again and again.
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Old 12-24-2017, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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You need to buy a wedge pillow. Also move where the air quality is better.

Happens to me sometimes too but got better when we moved and I bought the right pillow.

Hard at first to adjust to sleeping upright but it really makes a difference

As does exercise, loosing weight and eating organic. Weight is a big factor. Even loosing 10 lbs helps
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