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can't breathe while sleeping: a dream or apnea or..?
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wordwench56 posted:
I am a 54 year old woman, 20 lbs overweight, non smoker/non drinker, in good health.

As far back as I can remember I have had periodic "dreams' (1-2 times a year) that I can't inhale. It's like my nose has closed. I wake up, and start to breathe again.

The last time I dreamed I was going to open the window to help me breathe, then I woke up.

I sleep on my back. I tried propping my head and neck up with pillows, but this hurts my lower back. (herniated disc) I try sleeping flat on one pillow (for my back) but then I have the sleep/not breathing "dream".

Is this a dream or apnea? Is it physical or emotional?
thanks
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Pixe5 responded:
Hi wordwench,

You should probably get a sleep study done. I can't dx you but I find it interesting that these "dreams" are worse depending on your sleep position. With untreated sleep apnea sleeping on your back is not a good idea because the throat closes up more in that position.

I have back pain too and I sleep on my side with a pillow between my legs.

Good Luck,

Pixie


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