Dr. Mansfield recalls if difficulty breathing when lying down is considered a sleep apnea symptom.
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It may be. It may be an indication that you have a blockage in your windpipe as you are trying to fall asleep. What happens sometimes is when you fall asleep and you do have apnea, is that the first thing that happens is you begin this blockage process and the reason that happens is that as we fall asleep all of our soft tissues become somewhat paralyzed or weakened and as a result they collapse. So as a result, you kind of gasp or grunt for air and that will awaken you, and in your early phases of sleep you may have great difficulty falling asleep because of that. If you have that type of symptom it’s very simple to do a sleep study and assure yourself and assure your doctor that you don’t have sleep apnea.