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Have been holding breath and making noise when asleep. Any need to worry?

I have been told I hold my breath and make an odd noise when asleep nearly every night. I have even caught myself breath holding on waking and last night dreamt I couldn t breath. My boyfriend said I was making particularly loud noises and holding breath on this occasion. My doctor brushed it off saying it didn t sound very serious but I am concerned.
Asked On : Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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Thanks for your query.
You complain about making loud sounds during sleep, it is common in many people and dose not indicate any danger unless it creates relationship problem or is sign of sleep apnea.
Snoring is caused by vibration of tissues when you breath due to narrowing of airway passage. It is more common with fatty people and may indicate nasal and sinus problems and bad sleep posture.
You need to rule out Sleep Apnea,it is a disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. You should check if you have choking, snorting, or gasping during sleep,long pauses in breathing making you awake,waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat,morning headaches,restless etc.
I advise you:
Lose weight if you are fatty
Avoid smoking, alcohol, sleeping pills
Establish regular sleep patterns
Avoid caffeine and heavy meals within two hours of going to bed
Sleep on your side
It better to consult your doctor immediately if you feel signs of sleep apnea.
Hope it helps.
Take Care!
Answered: Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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