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    Woke up gasping for air
    goletti posted:
    I put my CPAP on before going to sleep. Suddenly I woke up after about 1-1/2 hours choking / gasping for air.
    It seemed like I could exhale a little but couldn't inhale. My throat felt as if it had maybe relaxed so much that it collapsed and obstructed my airway. It also seemed like maybe something may have drained down my throat or acid reflux had splashed up and caused me to have a choking reflex. Whatever happened, my airway was closed and I couldn't breathe! It was terrifying, I was making a loud asthmatic sound as I struggled to breathe. The episode lasted for maybe 30 seconds after I woke up. It was loud enough that it scared my wife badly. Now I'm afraid to go back to sleep. I have the sensation of needing to clear my throat almost like there is a little congestion. My throat is a little sore.

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