Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee


Gasping/Shortness of Breath at Night

Waking from sleep with gasping or shortness of breath is often a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This sensation, also reported as a feeling of “choking”, occurs when the muscles around the upper airway (or throat area) relax and collapse during sleep. The end result is a sensation of gasping or shortness of breath, often associated with a drop in the body’s oxygen level.

This symptom is associated with: