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I have recently started choking in my sleep. The first time it happened was maybe 2-3 weeks ago and again last night. It's terrifying, I wake up choking, coughing, and unable to catch my breath for what seems like a minute! I have never had this problem until now. Is this normal?
I agree that it doesn't sound like sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing while you sleep and so your body wakes up. Lots of people don't even know they have it and only find out because they go for a sleep study (due to not feeling rested, etc). You usually fall immediately back to sleep. I know a couple people that have it and none of them have ever described what you are describing.
I sleep with 2 fairly thick pillows so my head is somewhat upright, its not completely flat. I am not sure what position I'm lying in when it happens, but it is definitely scary. I'm not sure if its reflux, I don't have that burning feeling in my throat or chest when it happens, and I have had issues with reflux when I was little..nothing ever like this!