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Can you just never Wake up from this?

Say you have bad breathing issues... From Allergies/Asthama.. You fall asleep & you're in A Deep, Deep sleep from being Sleep deprived. Can you just not wake up & suffocate?? Has this happened? Like Sleep Apnea untreated. When you're on no meds or don't have an inhaler?

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Asked by Angellinda at 12:22 PM on Apr. 24, 2009 in Health

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  • Yes your airway could close off (like with sleep apnea). In most cases this is like a reset and brings you out of your sleep enough to open your airway BUT if you are impaired (drunk, high, etc...) you may not wake up.

    Answer by gabenmikeysmom at 12:24 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • Of course it has happened. It is the result of many overdoses. Drugs and alcohol can impair a person enough that virtually they either choke or suffocate.   This has happened to lots of celebrities.  In fact, it has been coined "dying in your sleep".


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:28 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • Yes it can. That's why it is so important to not fool around with breathing issues.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 12:55 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • Yes, most likely if it is chronic in nature. If your heart has become weakened over the years from breathing issues your lungs and heart are overtaxed. When you have apneic episodes, frequently and for long periods of time, it is possible to go into a pulmonary arrest. Even though your heart is still beating your lungs will stop because they have been overworked. Or even the other way around, if your heart is overtaxed over the years from breathing issues, the excessive force on the weakened heart will cause it to just stop in your sleep.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:29 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

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