I’m a 29 year old male and for the past year or so I’ve been having episodes where I’ll fall asleep and shortly after wake up in a slight panic gasping for air. I’ve always been able to overcome it by staying awake for 15-30 and relaxing by playing guitar. Last night I had the same thing happen although this time I wasn’t able to overcome it at all and didn’t get a whole lot of sleep because of it. I went to the doctor this morning and she thinks I might have sleep apnea but obviously wants me to do a sleep study to be sure. I should be getting that taken care of within the next couple weeks. My doc also diagnosed me with Exercise Induced Asthma(prescribed a rescue inhaler) and suspects I may have GERD and wants me to get tested for that as well.
It seems like tonight is going to be another night where I’m struggling to breathe while I sleep as I’ve already dozed off a couple times and caught myself not breathing. Is there anything I can do to minimize this until I’m able to get in to do the sleep study?