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What does it mean when you hold your breath while sleeping?

What does it mean when you hold your breath while sleeping?

Central sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which you briefly stop breathing during sleep. Moments of apnea can occur repeatedly throughout the night as you sleep. The interruption of your breathing may indicate a problem with your brain’s signaling. Your brain momentarily “forgets” to tell your muscles to breathe.

How do I stop myself from groaning in my sleep?

There is no specific treatment for groaning. The bed partner may need to wear ear plugs. In extreme cases they may need to sleep in another room.

What is it called when a person stops breathing during the night and wakes themselves up?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes the airways to collapse or become blocked while you’re asleep. It can cause you to stop breathing for 20 to 30 seconds at a time, numerous times throughout the night.

How do I know if I stop breathing in my sleep?


  1. Loud snoring.
  2. Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep — which would be reported by another person.
  3. Gasping for air during sleep.
  4. Awakening with a dry mouth.
  5. Morning headache.
  6. Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  7. Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
  8. Difficulty paying attention while awake.

Can you cure catathrenia?

– Catathrenia, or sleep related groaning, is an uncommon feature of a sleep-related breathing disorder that can be successfully treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), according to a study published in the January 1 issue of the journal SLEEP.

Is sleep apnea a catathrenia?

Researchers increasingly categorize catathrenia as a sleep-related breathing disorder, akin to sleep apnea, though there remains some debate on the subject. Catathrenia doesn’t appear to correlate with any known health risk, nor does it reflect a disturbed emotional state or physical discomfort during sleep.

Will your body wake you up if you stop breathing?

“In sleep apnea, your life is saved by awakening,” said Clifford Saper, chair of neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS). When you stop breathing, the brain wakes you up.

How does catathrenia affect breathing?

The person with catathrenia holds her or his breath against a closed glottis, similar to the Valsalva maneuver. Expiration can be slow and accompanied by sound caused by vibration of the vocal cords or a simple rapid exhalation. Despite a slower breathing rate, no oxygen desaturation usually occurs.

What type of sleep does catathrenia occur?

Predominance of REM or NREM: Catathrenia typically, sometimes even exclusively, occurs during REM sleep, although it may also occur to a lesser degree during NREM sleep. The predominance of REM or NREM sleep during which noises occurs varies from patient to patient.

What are the signs and symptoms of catathrenia in bed partners?

Bed partners generally report hearing the person take a deep breath, hold it, then slowly exhale; often with a high-pitched squeak or groaning sound. There are reported characteristics that are shared among patients with catathrenia. The main characteristics are:

What should I do if I have catathrenia?

These include: Don’t panic: Catathrenia is harmless. Listen: Catathrenia could potentially mask other problems, such as apnea. White Noise: A fan or humidifier would be good options to block out some of the groaning noise. Earplugs: These are helpful if the groaning is mild.