I Stop Breathing When Awake And I Gasp For Air. Does This Have To Do With My Sleep Apnea?

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Anonymous answered
You may be having a laryngospasm.  I have it and it sounds like what you are describing.  Your sleep apnea may be a misdiagnosis for sleep-induced laryngospasm.  This is often related to reflux.  Ask your doctor about it.
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Anonymous answered
I have the same problem, but stop breathing for long periods of time then can not catch my breath then feel like passing out. It's annoying and I've been to the hospital and doctors, had tests and the only conclusion they gave me was "you have Diaspora which means shortness of breath." Yeeaah....
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My Dad experienced a very similar thing... Would be awake, stop breathing for up to 25 seconds would go unconscious and then would gasp for air as he regained consciousness. It was very scary and I ended up taking off work for a week to be with him and argue with his doctors that something was seriously wrong. Finally after several visits within 2-3 days and 2 trips to the hospital within 2 weeks, we found out that one of his medications was the culprit - HCTZ - comes in several brand names too
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Anonymous commented
I would suggest you to consult a doctor and use a cpap machine if necessary. This ain't something to mess around with. 
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Cindy Thompson answered
I suffer from sleep apnea myself. Yes, you stop breathing when you are sleeping. It causes you to be at a greater risk for heart disease. I went through a sleep study and no have a machine to help me breath. You need to see a doctor soon. Peace.
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Rachele Grover
Rachele Grover commented
You are so right. My twin also suffers from sleep apnea and does have a machine that she's wears at night to sleep with. That is why most people who suffers from this also suffers with being groggy and headaches when they wake up.
Robyn Rothman
Robyn Rothman commented
You're talking about a "bi-pap" or "C Pap" machine. I've tried them, and I hated them both, but they work for some people.
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Anonymous answered
I do the same thing. Find myself not breathing while awake. Its never severe, probably only for a second or two, but does require a deep breath when I start again. And like you, I sometimes do it without noticing.
I have been told I do it in my sleep as well, and have gotten a lot of information about sleep apnea, but am looking for information for when I am awake.

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Anonymous answered
Check out v c d on the web. Very enlightening.
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Ramona Hilton answered
I have been haveing this prob 4 many years but it has nothing 2 do with sleep apnea the sleep study said I stop breathing around 47 times an hr but only 4 of those are sleep apnea the rest is undiagnosed hopefully you have better luck
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I suffered a concussion 3 months ago. A month after the accident I had an episode where I stopped breathing for several seconds while I was awake. During that time it was as if I couldn't remember how to breath. Finally I tried forcing air into my lungs by gasping; when I got enough air, I yelled for my husband. It took several minutes for me to start breathing normal. Since then I have episodes of taking to shallow of breaths which result in me taking in large sighing type breath to make up for the lost air. I believe this was caused by my head injury and don't know how long it may last. (Statement to share)

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