kelliemag asked in HealthOther - Health · 1 decade ago

Last night I woke up gasping for air, what happend?

I was wondering if this has happend to anybody. I woke up in the middle of the night gasping for air as if I couldn't breath for a couple of minutes. My lungs were sore, I had a headache which last much of the day, and I had the taste of vomit in my mouth. I'm not sure what happend because I was sleeping. Did I stop breathing? Has this happend to anybody?

16 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    sounds like an asthma attack,

    it's happened to me before.

    You should make an appointment to see your doctor.

  • 4 years ago

    Gasping For Air At Night

  • 1 decade ago

    Sounds like you got sick in your sleep. Maybe it was only a little bit and it just stayed in your throat so you couldn't breath causing you to gasp after a bit. Try sleeping on your side if you are worried it will happen again and if it does occur again get checked out by a doctor because it could be a sign of something serious like sleep apnea.

  • 1 decade ago

    It could be a any one of a number of things. You could have had some kind of anxiety attack (don't know how often that happens, but one of my friends has nocturnal anxiety issues every now and again). You could have had some kind of bad dream, and woke up suddenly (that's happened to me, and it's not fun). You could have had an episode of sleep apnea (a conditon that causes one to stop breathing for short periods of time when they are sleeping). You could have had an asthma attack, or had shortness of breath for some other reason.

    Only your doctor will be able to tell with any degree of certainty. I'd recommed that you make an appointment with your doctor ASAP, so he can evaluate your symptoms and see if it's anything serious.

    Hope this helps!

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    You need to go see a sleep specialist. they will monitor your activity as you sleep & see what is really going on. Not to scare you but I know you have heard of people dying in their sleep. it is possible. When you are not breathing, oxygen is cut off from your heart & brain which alerts it to a heart attack....while you're sleeping. Don't take this lightly, but don't be scared also. it it treatable & hypertension can cause it too. You may also need to change the way you are sleeping to clear up your airways. Definitely get it checked, especially if you snore. Then it is a respiratory issue that needs to be addressed. Take care

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know how old you are or if your a male or female. Go make an appointment with your doctor... You may have had something go AWOL with your heart.. when your heart has problems, it will starve your lungs of oxygen and work its way to the brain. I want you to also know that if your a female... the taste of vomit too, is the first signs of an upcoming stroke. Look it up " female signs of heart attack" I Hope you get to the bottom of this and fast.

    If it happens again - go to the hospital.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This happened to me for years until they finally found I was allergic to down, dust and dog dander. I use inhalers now and havent had an attack in 6 months or more.

    Your situation may be what is called reflux and is when your stomach acids back up into your esophagus. Time to see the Dr...they have wonderful meds that WILL help.

  • 1 decade ago

    It was probably caused by a disorder that is caused by snoring. U temprorarily stop breathing, in which u are snoring which caused the vomit taste and the sore lungs and when u wake up u shoud feel lik eur out of air, go see a doctor as it could be quite serious

  • ditdit
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    sleep with your head elevated. don't go to bed too soon after eating ( 3 hours) and drink peppermint tea before going to bed. If your mouth is bone dry when you wake up you have either sleep apnea or are snoring. it isn't good for your teeth either.

  • 1 decade ago

    Sounds like you have a reflux problem and if it continues you may need to see your dr. In the meantime try some Zantac over the counter and see if that helps.

    Good luck.

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