Over the past 3-4 years, I’ve had 5-10 episodes (probably closer to 5) during which I wake up as if I’ve been holding my breath. It’s like I’m coming up from being under water too long and I’m already coughing as I wake up. It happened again last night for the first time in a long time. When I laid down I felt like I had a lump in my throat, which is something that happens to me now and again and I especially notice it at night. When I woke up last night it was probably only 30 minutes or so after I’d fallen asleep. I coughed for about an hour afterward and one side of my nose felt very congested. Today my throat is very sore from all the coughing and I’m constantly needing to clear my throat (also something that happens to me now and again). I also still feel the lump sensation in my throat today but it’s not as bad. I am having no digestive issues, at least not that I can detect. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced heartburn in my life. Whenever this happens it’s so scary that I’m afraid to sleep for the next few nights and then it kind of goes away and doesn’t happen again for so long that I forget about it. I understand that sleep apnea can happen to anyone, but for the record I am 43 and do not snore. I also have gained some weight over the past 3 years, I’m in my 4th year of vet school, but it’s only about 25 pounds and I don’t really carry it in my upper body at all. I also have slept on my side for years. I guess my real question is what people would recommend I start with? I have a regular NP that I see for basic health needs, but I also found an online sleep study at home thing last night while I was waiting for the cough to calm down and I’m wondering if that should be the first step? I already sleep on my side, but in the mean time should I try sleeping on my stomach (that sounds terrible)? This whole thing really scares me and I am nervous about the time in between finding out what’s really going on. I appreciate any advice on what to do next and if anyone else has similar experiences I’d love to hear!