Why do i wake up hyperventilating?

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air like a fish out of water? It can be scary and even lead to panic attacks. Don’t worry; you’re not alone! Hyperventilation during sleep is more common than you think, affecting millions worldwide.

What is hyperventilation?

Before we understand why we sometimes hyperventilate during our sleep let’s first understand what it means. To put it simply, hyperventilation involves breathing too quickly or deeply which leads to an imbalance in your body’s oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.

When this happens, your blood vessels constrict, reducing oxygen supply – this triggers“air starvation," thus making us feel suffocated.

Now that we have a basic understanding of what hyperventilation entails let’s find out:

Why do people hyperventilate while sleeping?


One word: “Anxiety.” This pesky affliction tends to show up at bedtime and make its presence felt. When one gets anxious unconsciously(especially when dreaming), they tend to begin rapid shallow breaths leading to waking up feeling flustered with most carrying on that labored breathing with them as they continue their day afterward.

Sleep apnea

when normal breathing is interrupted when sleeping because throat muscles become weak (Sleep apnea)`, one tries catch back on their breath only causing further complicationsLarger persons are more prone apparently due tumors and additional fat clogging the offending passageways. Even merely weighing just a few extra pounds will heighten your chances by two-thirds!

Body position

The way our bodies move around while we slumber may also be responsible for nighttime panic attacks. If someone sleeps on their stomach with head turned off center limits airflow thereby triggering “air starvation” {shortage} while sleeping. In the same vein, people who sleep in a propped up position with several pillows may also feel strained breathing since their necks are bent forward, obstructing airflow.

Acid reflux

Acidic food meals right before bedtime can affect sleep apnea making it more uncomfortable or prone to onset,. It isn’t pleasant so don’t overdo on what you eat!
If we haven’t scared you already pun intended, let’s move on to:

How Can I Stop Waking Up Hyperventilating?

Now that we’ve tackled some root causes of hyperventilation while sleeping, here are a few things that might help:

Breathing Exercises

 Mindful breathing exercises during the day and especially at night when trying to fall asleep prove very helpful.
   Breathe in slowly {for 4 seconds}, holding your breath for another 7 seconds then breathe out everything {e.g., Counting "In -----hold----out"}

### Address Your Sleeping Position – literally ‘sleep tight.’

Avoid sleeping positions which restrict normal breathing for proper oxygen intake i.e. stomach-down head off-center direction. Instead prop yourself correctly; elevating upper body by placing foam pillow under your torso helps reduce snoring as well.

### Change Eating Habits Before Bedtime

Definitely avoid heavy meals just before bedtime.To give our digestive systems enough time (about three hours) to digest- ergo precluding acid reflux which exacerbates any underlying sleep apnea problems.

So there it is…a quick walkthrough on why one hyperventilates feels like suffocating while fast asleep! While these tips listed above might solve said issues everyday users would probably do better consulting medical professionals/companies available online ; this shall cut down all worrying about such scenarios affecting both mental and physical health alike.`

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