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What could be the cause for shortness of breath felt during sleeping?

I have a night and most of the time period I find myself having shortness of breathe doing nothing extreme, even when I sleep sometimes at night I feel like I can t breathe and I have to sleep a certain way just to get comfortable and feel myself breathing the way I should...what is the reason for this, could it be my heart murmur , No? I m not obese, or too heavy, I m only 21 by the way!!!
Asked On : Mon, 16 Jul 2012
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Dear friend, thanks for being at HCM.
if not obese , there could be many causes of breathlessness at night.
common are heart failure, respiratory ailments or upper airway problems like OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), or psychological .
will need detailed description of your problem
do you get better on sitting up in bed?
do you have swelling on feet/ ankles?
pl. elaborate
I would be glad to assist...

Answered: Tue, 17 Jul 2012
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