Forum · Does anyone randomly stop breathing during the day?

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[-] ConsiderateEmeraldBison5389 +0 points · 9 months ago

HI fellow apnea sufferers i am here looking for some answers & i am hoping this will be the place where i may get some. So i was curious to know if anyone ever stops breathing during the day (while awake)? I do and it happens more than once in a day! In fact when it happens i don't start back on my own like how it stopped but i become aware f lack of breath & then i start breathing again. My 11 yr old son experiences the same thing & we both snore.

I have been told by my cousin when i was little girl & my husband since we've been together that i make sounds of choking while i have slept. I do not know if this has ever happened to my boy. I've never heard it but it could still be happening. I do not use any contraptions to aid in the sleep apnea, nor do i know which apnea i have. I have been diagnosed but i cannot afford a cpap machine. I believe i could never wear it anyways since i have a phobias of suffocating & hate anything too close to my mouth & nose.

If anyone else has this happen have you ever found out if it is related to apnea? Or does it have to do with something else entirely?

Anything i can learn from others here will be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time :-)

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 9 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

Not breathing during the day probably isn't a healthy habit to get into. You have been diagnosed with SLEEP APNEA but the daytime breathing stops may not be related. Certainly apnea is defined as breathing stops but in the case of sleep apnea, it is a mechanical issue of sorts where the airway gets blocked. You will likely do better talking to your doctor about the daytime episodes.

If you were diagnosed with sleep apnea, you didn't give any details but sounds like you have made your mind up to not seek therapy. A used CPAP machine on Craigs list is fairly inexpensive in many cases and not wanting to undertake therapy due to a supposition you won't like to wear a mask is your decision as it is your health. Again, you might want to speak with a medical professional for alternatives to CPAP if you have real issues with a mask. There are also ways to get help with CPAP for those that can't afford it if they want to pursue that avenue. Good luck.

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