can't take a deep breath

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   Posted 1/23/2008 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I woke up in the middle of the night and felt like I was starving for air and couldn't take a deep breath and then got anxious.  No pain, just a feeling that I wasn't getting enough air.  It was 2:27AM.  The only way I thought I could get a breath was to yawn and I couldn't do that---so I got more anxious.  I tried talking to myself and trying to just breath slowly and finally I could yawn and then I felt better for  awhile.  I was able to go back to sleep and woke up a few more times with the same thing.  Finally it was time to get up and the whole day I've had this pain in my chest---maybe it's from trying to catch that deep breath.  It's still going on and I'm afraid to go to sleep tonight.  I don't think I'm anxious about anything---but don't know what's going on. confused    Does anyone know what's happening? 

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   Posted 1/23/2008 3:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you snore? Waking up and not being able to catch a breath can be caused by that which may then have fed your anxiety.

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   Posted 1/23/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aussieangel,
No I don't snore---at least no one has ever said that I did....So I'm not sure if that's part of it.  Thanks for the idea though.  I a grateful to say that I did go to sleep and I did wake up this morning in pretty good spirits---so I guess whatever it was passed.  Sometimes it's exhausting to be me. :-)

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   Posted 1/23/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,
I am glad you don't snore...........that would keep me :)

Have you ever talked to your doctor about sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is the temporary cessation of breathing during sleep. Typically, the sufferer will awake gasping for breath. Sleep apnea may occur repeatedly, resulting in a poor night’s sleep and daytime drowsiness.
You may want to ask your physician about this as there are ways to dx it.

Take care and keep posting. Hope your day is peaceful.

Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
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   Posted 1/23/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Kitt has already asked what I was going to ask.  Sleep Apnea can cause this to happen.  This has happened to me in the past (waking up gasping for air), but it's usually related to anxiety in my day.  Perhaps you are having nightmares or are unaware of something worrying you??? Sorry to be of little help! I suggest you talk it through with your doctor and try not to worry too much about going to sleep (the more you worry.....well you know!!! The less you sleep)

I alone can do this, but I cannot do it alone. 

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   Posted 1/24/2008 2:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I do know---it's a vicious cycle isn't it???  Thanks for your input---I'm kind of new at this forum/chat----but it sure feels good to  just be able to say what's on my mind and in my heart and not have people look at you like I'm nuts.  Any and all input is appreciated---believe me.
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