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Old 12-09-2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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Gasping for air just before sleep

Hello, No where else to turn...This has been ongoing for almost a year now. Slowly getting more common and more persistent. I've had anxiety my whole life, but no symptom like this. I also get sleep paralysis many times a month. This usually happens upon wake if it does. I also have acid reflux here and there.

Right before the onset of sleep I wake with a gasp of air. I can't really tell if its an big inhale or exhale. This could occur 2 to even on a bad night, 6 times before I fall asleep. Each time it happens I get nervous that I might stop breathing while I sleep & pass away. Once I do fall asleep I usually sleep perfectly until morning except for the once in a while sleep paralysis. I know there is a moment before sleep where your body stops breathing. It's almost like I realize this and wake myself up.

I do not think this is apnea. I believe there is some mixed up brain signals that are malfunctioning for sleep onset. I think this because I get sleep paralysis a lot. I appreciate any opinions & advice...Thanks a ton in advanced

* How much does a sleep study cost without insurance
* With a normal insurance plan what kind of co-pay are they?

 
Old 12-11-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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I wouldn't rule out sleep apnea necessarily. Did you know that sleep apnea causes anxiety and acid reflux both conditions that you have? Also the gasps also point to a sleep breathing problem. Definitely get tested with a sleep study. They can be expensive without insurance - from $2k - $6k. With insurance the co-pay is only a few hundred dollars.

 
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You can get screened very inexpensively with a nocturnal pulse oximetry which measures your oxygen saturation levels thru the night. If you stop breathing, your oxygen drops, and that is a major clue to sleep apnea. Then a sleep study should follow.

 
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Nelsonb24, I had this same experience several yrs ago. VERY scAry. Please know I am not diagnosing you. Just sharing my experience and giving you another rock to look under. My gasping for air ended when I had a surgery called Nissen Fundoplication. it is a stomach surgery and was not very painful. As it turns out I had a weak esophagus sphincter, just as I was falling into deep sleep my stomach contents would shoot up and try to drown me. U don't even have to have symptoms of heartburn to have this happen. You might want to read up on this and discuss it with your dr. I still have to sleep at a slant but the scary problem is completely gone now. Sounds crazy, but sometimes it helps to have more ideas. I wish you the best of luck.

 
Old 12-27-2012, 12:31 AM   #5
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Wow I cant believe there are other people out there with the same exact symptoms virtually word for word. This just started happening to me recently, I'm a 26 year old male and have never had any sleep disorders or problems before. My whole life I've been able to fall asleep no problem for 10-12 hours without waking up but randomly I started having the same issues as you.

Nothing has changed as far as my diet or work or activities that I do so I'm not sure what is causing it but it seems to be very random. It'll happen 1 night out of the blue and then go away for weeks and then sometimes come back for several nights in a row but then disappear again.

I do know that I have some type of acid reflux or GERD issue which I need to go to the doctor for but that has been an issue for a while now and this sleep disorder is rather recent within the last few months.

If anyone ever figures this out please let us know as this is becoming rather frustrating when I have to wake up at 5am for work and it takes several hours and episodes of this to pass before I can do so.

As a matter of fact the reason I am typing this at 3am is because I can't sleep because I've just experienced this a few times in the last couple of hours so I have given up and will just not sleep tonight I guess.

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Old 12-28-2012, 02:33 AM   #6
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Wow I cant believe there are other people out there with the same exact symptoms virtually word for word. This just started happening to me recently, I'm a 26 year old male and have never had any sleep disorders or problems before. My whole life I've been able to fall asleep no problem for 10-12 hours without waking up but randomly I started having the same issues as you.

Nothing has changed as far as my diet or work or activities that I do so I'm not sure what is causing it but it seems to be very random. It'll happen 1 night out of the blue and then go away for weeks and then sometimes come back for several nights in a row but then disappear again.

I do know that I have some type of acid reflux or GERD issue which I need to go to the doctor for but that has been an issue for a while now and this sleep disorder is rather recent within the last few months.

If anyone ever figures this out please let us know as this is becoming rather frustrating when I have to wake up at 5am for work and it takes several hours and episodes of this to pass before I can do so.

As a matter of fact the reason I am typing this at 3am is because I can't sleep because I've just experienced this a few times in the last couple of hours so I have given up and will just not sleep tonight I guess.
There is a little test you can do on your own to see if possibly it is reflux. sleep at a HIGH slant. the most comfortable slant I've found is a travel slant that folds in half fora 100$ . next NO alcohol before bed, and NO eating after 7 pm. try an over the counter Prilosec but remember it takes 12 to 24 hr to work. if these things stop your air hunger, and give it ample time...go to your dr with the findings. a Gastroenterologist or sleep specialist would base a good place Tao start. ps in Texas they do a new surgery that involes no cutting. surgery is done with clips through the esophagus. It has replaced Nissen Fundoplication. please know these aren't diagnosis.,Just more rocks to look under. it is a very fearful thing Tao wake up gasping for air. I hope this helps and God Bless.

 
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