Have you ever stopped breathing in your sleep?

United States
December 21, 2009 9:11pm CST
I think I have stopped breathing in my sleep. I have woke up gasping for air before. It was a awful feeling. This has happened more than once. When this happens it truely does scare me. I hate the thought I may actually stop breathing in my sleep. I know this cannot be a normal thing. I hope I do not have sleep apnia. I really need to see a doctor. Some times my arms fall asleep when I wake up from gasping for air. That is also very uncomfortable to me and alittle frightning to me. I hope it is a phase and there is nothing wrong with me. If it continues I will see a doctor.
5 responses
@Lee777 (31)
22 Dec 09
Nope. I haven't. And I think that impossible. One thing is possible though. That is, sleeping and waking up as if you are choking and grasping for air. That's the difference between not breathing and feeling that you can't hardly breath.
• United States
22 Dec 09
That happens to me all the time. Although recently, I am trying out a new dosage of my anti-depressant and I have noticed that decreasing this doasage is maknig me stop breathing in my sleep. I agree, it is definatly a scary feeling. A few years ago it was really bad and I remember waking up gasping for air, and my face would be ice cold even though the house was warm, that was really scary.
• United States
22 Dec 09
I'm not sure if I've ever done that before, but I know my mother does when she doesn't use her c-pap machine. Yes, she has sleep apnea, and it worries me when she falls asleep without putting it on. The reason being is that sleep apnea, she was told by her doctor, can make a heart condition worse. I timed her before, the time that she stopped breathing. Her longest has been 57 seconds. When she does start breathing, she doesn't normally wake up, but she gasps for a long, big breath. Plus she has a small heart problem due to Phen Phen. I would go see a doctor. I haven't heard about limbs falling asleep, but it sounds like you really need to see a doctor. Trust me, waiting is a bad thing to do in those situations. I hope the best for you!
@kaylachan (4778)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
22 Dec 09
As far as I know the answer would be 'no. I supose it's possible, but I wouldn't nessarrly know. Most paicents that experance this don't even realize it's happening. So it's doubtful. if its a concern thenget tested that's the only way I know to find out.
• United States
22 Dec 09
It sounds like sleep apnea to me. My boyfriend has it. He has a little machine that helps him sleep better. He doesn't like it, but rests alot better with it.