Can a person be short of breath while sleeping comfortably? I was always under the impression that the answer was no. Yet tonight I was called to do a breathing treatment because the nurse thought, "well, he just sounds like he could use one."
"So is he short of breath," I asked over the phone.
"Yes," she said.
Yet, when I arrived, the patient was sleeping. "He's sleeping." I stated the obvious.
"Yes. He's short-of-breath while sleeping."
"Is that posible?" I asked.
I listened. "He has good air movement, a sign that he's not in bronchospasm. And he's also snoring."
After the treatment the nurse said, "Does he sound better?"
"He's still snoring," I said.
To be honest, I can't imagine being able to sleep while being short-of-breath. I know I couldn't do it. What do you think?