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suffering from sleeping difficulties with breathing problem

I m a 21 year old Male and am having problems getting to sleep when I lay down to goto sleep and I m like falling a sleep it seems like I stop breathing correctly and the area around my heart feels like anxious or something it s kinda hard to explain. My breathing seems to almost stop when I m dozing off and I have to consciously make myself take deep breaths and thats when the anxious feeling happens around my heart area. There is no pain but more like a tension like someones holding my heart or something and it only happens when I lay down. So any kind of information or ideas about my issue would be great, Thanks.
Tue, 22 Mar 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
hello and welcome to healthcare magic!!
what you are experiencing might be psychological or due to damage to your respiratory control center in the brain.You can consult a psychiatrist see if it helps.If not it would be better if you consulted a doctor and got a few tests done including an mri brain to rule out any infarcts causing the above condition.
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HI Dear
Welcome to healthcaremagic forum
What i want to know is your weight and height?? I am suspecting Sleep Apnoea Syndrome.Do you also snore ?? It is a fairly common disease . Can even occur in lean and thin patients due to uprolling of tongue during sleep or some disorder in Upper Respiratory Tract. For further queries feel free to contact at :
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Welcome to healthcaremagic forum

How long have you had these symptoms? Nose block? Lung disease? Snoring? Mental stress? Smoking? Other symptoms like headache/nausea/vision problems?

This could be due to many causes- nose block/snoring may interfere with breathing. Anxiety, due to mental stress can cause sleep disturbance. Another possibility is a cardiac illness.

So visit a general physician for an examination and some tests.

Meanwhile, follow sleep hygiene, realxing befor sleep, like light music/reading/ walk in open air/ taking appropritate steps if you are stressed out. Visitng a psychiatric conselor will help if thats the case.


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