Please speak with your doctor
. The symptoms that you are describing could be a sign of some other things that are going on and need to be treated to help you return to optimal health. One of the first things that your doctor may do is talk to you about your weight. If you are overweight, this could be one sign of the potential problem. Another question that may come up is snoring
, as there can be some problems that are related to snoring, and the soft tissue redundancy that this implies (in the upper airway). Next, your doctor will likely want to know about your overall health and if there is anything that could be contributing to the problems that you are describing. There is a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea
that is more common in overweight males. In this condition, the muscles and soft tissue of the upper airway collapse as a person falls asleep, resulting in a decreased volume in the airway. This can result in a sensation of being suffocated, and can be alarming--especially for people who are watching the person struggle for breath. This is one possible explanation, but please speak with your doctor soon.