What sleep disorder repeated awakenings during the night?

This question was asked in Greer, South Carolina on 09/03/2014.
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)

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 1/2/2015 1

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.

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 9/11/2014

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.