I know that I am a little late on this one, and we haven't heard from Vanadellion in a while, but I just want to throw my 2¢ in.
I almost died from complications resulting from obstructive sleep apnea. As a result of this, I have become fairly knowledgable on the subject.
From the limited information that is given here, it is of course impossible to determine the cause of Vanadellion's problem, but I wouldn't necessarily rule out sleep apnea.
Originally Posted by jgj6331
Sleep apnea is a thought, but it usually occurs in REM (deep) sleep - and not when you're just falling off to sleep.
While it is true that obstructive sleep apnea almost always occurs during REM sleep, people who are quality-sleep deprived can skip the earlier stages of sleep, or go through them very quickly, and go almost immediately to REM sleep. There is a name for this condition but I can't remember it. My doctor showed me a chart from my first sleep study that showed that I did this every time I fell asleep. Also, although it is not as common as obstructive sleep apnea, there is also central sleep apnea, which is when the brain fails to send the proper signals to the breathing muscles. Central sleep apnea can occur at any stage of sleep, and even sometimes when awake. Some people have both OSA and CSA.
Obstructive sleep apnea is definitely more common with people who are overweight, but I have seen estimates that show that as many as 20% of those suffering from OSA are not
overweight. That doesn't mean that 20% of the people being treated for OSA are not overweight, because often non-overweight people are not diagnosed because even some doctors think that it is only a "fat person disease."
Originally Posted by Vanadellion
Through out the day I feel fine generally but sometimes I feel the need to breath in quick and often even though I'm not doing any physical things
This can be a symptom of central sleep apnea (although there certainly could be other causes too).
A few questions that I have for Vanadellion are:
If you have a sleep partner, does he/she ever notice irregular breathing or gasping for air?
Do you snore loudly? (not all snorers have OSA, but virtually all those with OSA snore)
When you wake up, do you have headaches or not feel refreshed?
Do you doze at inappropriate times during the day?
Has your blood pressure be checked lately?
In any case, you should see a doctor because you may have a serious health condition, whether it's sleep apnea or something else.