My mother wakes up multiple times each night either gasping or screaming that she cannot breath. She told me that she feels like she is choking, and a few times she has vomited immediately after awakening. What sleep disorder could cause this? Does sleep apnea cause sudden waking-up throughout the night?
Doctors Answers (2)
Sleep Apnea can certainly cause sudden waking-up throughout the night. She should speak with her physician as it seems to be causing quite a bit of disruption and is most likely increasing other health risks.
Acid reflux could be causing the vomiting, choking and gasping. Sleep apnea could cause these symptoms also, though it is a rather unusual presentation. Evaluation by a Board Certified Sleep Doctor and a sleep study should help provide answers and treatment for her.