6 Reasons Why You Might Wake Up Gasping For Air in the Middle of the Night

Medically Reviewed by Madeline Hubbard, RN, BSN

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Waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air can be a distressing experience. If you frequently experience such episodes, it's important to get to the root of the issue. However, there are many different underlying causes that could be contributing to this experience. 

With proper assessment, the causes are usually easy to identify and manage. However, if left untreated, some medical conditions that present with this symptom can prove to be fatal. It is important to pay attention to your sleep patterns and consult with your healthcare provider if you are consistently wake up over the course of the night due to lack of air.