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03-03-2009, 02:30 PM
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Weird suffocation feeling while sleeping...

So I've posted this before but it was in the middle of another topic. So this has happened a few times before and it is the weirdest thing ever. It will be in the middle of the night and I'll be sleeping, and then I either enter a dream, or partially wake up or something. In this dream/partial awakening I am thinking to myself, if I don't move or roll over I think I am going to suffocate. In this dream/partial awakening it suddenly becomes harder to breath, and I start to become worried that I'm going to suffocate... but I can't move. Eventually after a strenuous effort, I am able to get myself to roll over... but it takes awhile. It's just a weird feeling, do you think I'm really suffocating? And it's so weird how I never react right away even though I know and tell myself I have to. Anyone hear of anything like this before?

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Sleep apnea?

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Sleep apnea?
But with sleep apnea do you realize this is happening and have to struggle to get the suffocation feeling to go away (once I roll over it goes away.)

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Its definitely worth going to go get tested. It sounds like your brain is trying to wake yourself up in order to breathe again. Could also be stress and it is manifesting while you sleep causing you to think about things sub-consciously and creating tightness in your chest. Best to ask a doctor to refer you to a specialist rather than taking HF advice.

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http://www.spike.com/video/frightmare/3107892

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Me too, I love that show

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It happened to me before...back when I was a young lad. I honestly thought I was gonna die. I was like 4 or 5 but it never happened again so its all good.

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Scary.

Not really related, but I've had dreams where I'm under water, can't breathe and I really can't breathe, I usually force myself to wake up there.

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Sleep paralysis

I used to suffer from it a lot.. It would scare the **** out of me the first couple times it happened..

Different version too.. Sometimes you feel like your being pulled out of bed or actually sinking into the mattress.. Your half awake, half asleep.. You see everything going on around you but you can't move or speak

It's really freaky..

It's sometimes caused by a lot of stress, poor sleeping habits, or certain foods


There have been a couple threads on it here with people talking about their experiences.. Might want to check it out

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Wow, I hope these things never happens to me!

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Its happened to me once and is semi-common. However, if it is repeated go to your doctor.

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Different version too.. Sometimes you feel like your being pulled out of bed or actually sinking into the mattress.. Your half awake, half asleep.. You see everything going on around you but you can't move or speak
This is probably what it was. I wouldn't worry too much about it. It feels like you have pressure in your chest and stuff?

Another version is when you're eyes are open and you 'see' someone floating over you or around your room. Pretty freaky if you don't know what's happening.

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It's harder to breathe when you're lying on your back if you have a sleep apnea. Rolling over to your side makes it easier. Anyone who's had the pleasure of sleeping next to a snorer will have observed this.

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Sleep paralysis

I used to suffer from it a lot.. It would scare the **** out of me the first couple times it happened..

Different version too.. Sometimes you feel like your being pulled out of bed or actually sinking into the mattress.. Your half awake, half asleep.. You see everything going on around you but you can't move or speak

It's really freaky..

It's sometimes caused by a lot of stress, poor sleeping habits, or certain foods


There have been a couple threads on it here with people talking about their experiences.. Might want to check it out
How about getting throw up to the ceiling. I've had the pulled out of bed and the drowning in my matress, and the pinned to the ceiling.

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Wait WTF ... this is ****ing creepy ... now I'm affraid one of these thing will happen to me tonight.

You guys will ruin my good night of sleep!

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your probably just being teabagged or choked by a ghost...i wouldn't worry too much about it.

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So I've posted this before but it was in the middle of another topic. So this has happened a few times before and it is the weirdest thing ever. It will be in the middle of the night and I'll be sleeping, and then I either enter a dream, or partially wake up or something. In this dream/partial awakening I am thinking to myself, if I don't move or roll over I think I am going to suffocate. In this dream/partial awakening it suddenly becomes harder to breath, and I start to become worried that I'm going to suffocate... but I can't move. Eventually after a strenuous effort, I am able to get myself to roll over... but it takes awhile. It's just a weird feeling, do you think I'm really suffocating? And it's so weird how I never react right away even though I know and tell myself I have to. Anyone hear of anything like this before?
I'd get a sleep apnea test done.

My dad just got diagnosed and had similar symptoms. He knew he needed to breathe, but couldn't, and then was finally able to breathe with a great effort. It kept him awake for nights on end.

Now he has an apnea machine and he sleeps fine.

Sleep apnea would be my first guess.

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I'd get a sleep apnea test done.

My dad just got diagnosed and had similar symptoms. He knew he needed to breathe, but couldn't, and then was finally able to breathe with a great effort. It kept him awake for nights on end.

Now he has an apnea machine and he sleeps fine.

Sleep apnea would be my first guess.
I don't want a machine the rest of my life, that'd be so annoying.

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I don't want a machine the rest of my life, that'd be so annoying.
They make mouthguards as well that help with a lot of cases of sleep apnea (but not all). Other things that CAN help include avoiding alcohol or other depressants, sleeping on your side (if you can manage this for a full night, I usually can't though), and raising your upper body (since it's basically gravity that closes off the airway).

As other people have said, see a doctor if it happens a lot. It sounds like obstructive sleep apnea at a glance, but I'm not a doctor... just a sufferer (pretty mild version though).

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But with sleep apnea do you realize this is happening and have to struggle to get the suffocation feeling to go away (once I roll over it goes away.)
Sounds about right.


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Well, I'm always sleeping on my side... I have to roll over completely to the other side for it to go away. Maybe I'll see a doctor if it happens again.

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I don't want a machine the rest of my life, that'd be so annoying.
They have different masks for comfort. They gave Dad a lot of options. He chose a nosepiece that just fits comfortably in his nostrils. He had to get used to it, but he said that it was a lot more comfortable than being afraid of stopping breathing.

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