What causes breathing difficulty at night?

Q. I feel difficult to breathe while sleeping. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Hariharan V
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 14, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jun 26, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am a 25 year old female with one year old baby. Suddenly from last 10 days when I feel asleep something blocks my breathing. When I wake up and stand for a while, I will get back my breathing slowly. Immediately after that I get some continuous burps. It feels that something has stuck in my throat and my husband says that some sound like water falling also comes in the process. The whole process lasts for two to three minutes and slowly comes to normal again. The problem occurs only when I feel asleep. I have been diagnosed for mucous, asthma, ECG, etc., but all showed normal conditions and the exact cause cannot be identified. I am taking Rablet D and another gas related tablet prescribed by the doctor. Please help.



Welcome to icliniq.com. These symptoms look like purely gastritis. At the time of normal acid production while sleeping we will not have any problems. If acid production in stomach is more, then while lying down acid tends to come to esophagus (upwards from stomach). It can come up to throat. Acid causes irritation of diaphragm (sheet separating lungs from stomach), which can cause increased breathing. The sensation of something stuck in the throat is severe irritation of throat due to increase in acidity in stomach. If gastritis is present, then the acid comes up to the throat called regurgitation and causes this sensation. Burping is due to acid and air coming up due to gastritis. Rablet-D (Rabeprazole) is correct choice of a tablet. But, the potency and quality is very less. Gastritis can be due to many reasons, like not eating food at proper intervals, drinking too much coffee or tea, eating hot and spicy foods, cola and junk foods, less sleep, increased work pressure, tension and too much of worrying. Follow the mentioned advices for a month. Drink 1 liter of water immediately after waking up in the morning. It is difficult first, but slowly you can do that. Eat at proper time, even if you do not feel hungry; eat thrice a day at same time every day. Drink or eat after the food has cooled. Do not consume hot items. Eat one different fruit every day, but not as juice and eat lot of vegetables. Drink milk twice a day, reduce coffee and tea. Drink one cup of yogurt every afternoon. Go for a walk daily, fast walking for 40 minutes every day and do pranayama or yoga for 20 minutes every day. Try tablet Pansec DSR (combination of Domperidone and Pantoprazole) one tablet before food in the morning and night. Also, take syrup Mucaine Gel 10 mL after food thrice a day for one month.

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