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June 1st, 2011, 09:15 PM
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So last night as I was laying awake, Elizabeth went from breathing normally to having a weird breathing episode. It lasted a long time. It was almost like her lungs had the hiccups or something - her breathing was spastic and erratic - sometimes with long pauses, sometimes really fast (but hiccupy). She HAS done this before, but it was never so pronounced - like it never worried me before.

Last night I stayed up just staring at her chest for 15-20 minutes until she was mostly back to normal before I could relax and lay back. Based on her eye movements and finger twitches I assume she was in REM sleep if that makes a difference. I think I am going to call the doc tomorrow just to be safe, but I wanted to ask here just in case any of you would be all, oh yeah, that's totally normal...

I am googling but the only thing I am getting is sleep apnea which does not sound like what she has at all.

I'm totally going to keep the camera by the bed in case it happens again.
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June 2nd, 2011, 07:40 AM
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That would scare the crap right outta me. But, having said that, it sounds like a dream sleep, like she was deep in REM and her body was going through some odd movements. On the other hand, I wouldn't be too quick to dismiss Sleep Apnea, if thats truly what it is you definitely need to have it monitored.
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June 2nd, 2011, 08:37 AM
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No, like if you read the symptoms of sleep apnea it is 100% not it. Not even close.

Thanks, last night was uneventful.
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June 2nd, 2011, 09:01 AM
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my first thought was dream sleep also.
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June 2nd, 2011, 09:01 AM
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Wow scary. I also think it was dream related. I know I have woken up breathing hard or sobbing from deep sleep. I would call and mention it though for sure.
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June 2nd, 2011, 10:04 AM
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I was going to say dreaming, too.
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June 2nd, 2011, 04:16 PM
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My first thought was sleep apnea even though you say no. I don't know though. I'd call.
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June 2nd, 2011, 05:33 PM
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Sleep apnea in toddlers is characterized by snoring or difficulty breathing. The kids tend to get very little sleep at night because they are constantly waking...she does none of those - she sleeps like a brick for 11 hours. During the daytime they are sleepy, irritable, suffer from headaches...

I would say with 100% certainty that she does not have sleep apnea. I suspect everyone is right about the dreaming because like I said, it was obvious she was in REM mode. Regardless I'll call tomorrow morning. Or maybe I will call tonight and leave a message with the service so hopefully I get a call earlier tomorrow.
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April 2nd, 2015, 08:12 AM
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I known this is a super old thread, but my son has been doing this for 7 months off and on, exactly as you described here. NOT what sleep apnea looks like, but it's really troubling. My Dr. referred us to a sleep study, and my son would not stand for it. He's 17 months. Wondered if anything ever came of this, or if she still does it?
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December 3rd, 2017, 08:37 AM
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I known this is a super old thread, but my son has been doing this for 7 months off and on, exactly as you described here. NOT what sleep apnea looks like, but it's really troubling. My Dr. referred us to a sleep study, and my son would not stand for it. He's 17 months. Wondered if anything ever came of this, or if she still does it?


Hi there! My daughter has been doing the same thing. Anyone have some updates feedback on the outcome??
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