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13-Year-Old Teenager With Sleep Apnea?

by Kayla

I'm 13 and I am not overweight. Im pretty physically active. So my concerns started when I had a friend over. She disturbly woken me up which I was not happy of. But the look on her face worried me a lot, she seemed really scared.

She asked me if I was okay and I was really confused and asked her what happened. She told me I was snoring really loud and choking/gasping which was really the unusual. It even scared me! To know what my body has been doing while I'm asleep. I wake up with a sore/dry throat pretty often. I also do get sleepy during the daytime which I'm not surprised of since I've been like that for awhile now. (Lack of sleep probably)

After awhile I thought it was temporary so I didn't worry about it until last night I was dreaming about myself not breathing and I almost felt like I was going to die! Then I woke up from it barely breathing, it was awfully terrifying. I wish to not go through that again. I also read that sleep apnea can kill you?? Which makes me really worried and pretty much scared to go to sleep. Oh did I mention? Im a female.

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