Why do I wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air?

It doesn't happened often, just like every couple weeks or so. I just wake up, and I feel like I can't breath until after like 3-5 seconds, I'm finally able to breath. It's scary to wake up and feel like you're suffocating, so what is it? Why does it happened? Is there something I can do about it? show more It doesn't happened often, just like every couple weeks or so. I just wake up, and I feel like I can't breath until after like 3-5 seconds, I'm finally able to breath. It's scary to wake up and feel like you're suffocating, so what is it? Why does it happened? Is there something I can do about it?
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