Re: Woke up from sleep gasping for air and couldn't breath... Help please!!
It does sound like an anxiety attack - whether it was a dream, from talking about your anxiety previously that night, or another cause. If this were to continue, I would check with a sleep disorder specialist to see if you need testing. I have awoken with gasping in the past, but it turned out I needed to use a CPAP to sleep. Your heart can be part of the equation in that since sometimes the heart will change its pattern. I truly think your's is primarily an anxiety attack.
If you don't know the cause of your anxiety, or if you need anxiety management skills, maybe you could speak to a counselor
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