Brief Nighttime Shaking and Air Sensation

Brief Nighttime Shaking and Air Sensation
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Reymark G. Calma and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

I've noticed a slight trembling or twitching while sleeping, and last night, my wife woke up because of it. I briefly felt a sudden sensation of breathlessness, but it passed quickly. It startled both me and her awake. What should I do?

Hello, Thank you for reaching out to Dr.Galen. Please find the below response to your query. 

Such conditions are normal as long as they only last for several seconds only and do not occur frequently. The sensation of a lack of air could indicate a potential sleep apnea episode. Sleep apnea causes interruptions in breathing during sleep, leading to oxygen deprivation and potentially waking you up abruptly. Given the potential seriousness of some of these causes, especially sleep apnea, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional either personally or through telemedicine services for further evaluation if these symptoms persist or worsen. They may recommend a sleep study or other diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment.


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