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Are you overweight/ obese?
Any heart problems/ hypertension/ diabetes?
Any other medical problem or significant history?
What would be your sex and approximate age?
Thanks. Shall wait for your reply.
Possibly you have just experienced a bout of ‘sleep apnea’ last night that is common in overweight adults (although more common in males), or it could be something to do with asthma. Surely your doctor would like to rule out any heart problem, diabetes, and check whether your throat and upper respiratory passage has any problems and if your asthma is happening at night (nocturnal asthma). You will need to check in with your doctors so that you get a thorough examination and go in for sleep studies, oxymetry, and pulmonary function tests/ spirometry , etc as well.
For more information on sleep apnea, please have a look at these links, which might be helpful to you:
For nocturnal asthma, please have a look at this link:
Please get yourself checked up as another episode can probably be prevented.
Hope that this helps. Best wishes. Please feel free to enquire if you have any remaining concerns or doubts. It shall be my privilege to help you as much as I possibly can.
Do you think that sleeping in a recliner would help any? I will go to the doctors on Monday unless you think I should go to the emergency room.
It may help but then it would be pertinent to know the cause of the episode, and that you have not developed anything new that could have aggravated the issue. Honestly I believe that a check in at ER would be helpful even if it turns out to be normal, as it would help provide reassurance, and if anything abnormal if detected then an appropriate management can be instituted.
Based on your descriptions alone and without the privilege of a detailed clinical examination, this is what I feel about your problem. Hope that it helps. Best wishes.