Catathrenia – Are You Making Strange Noises While Sleeping?

a woman who can't sleep because of the man's noiseJust when you thought you were dropping off to sleep, your partner irritably shakes you awake. A conversation along these lines takes place:

‘You’re making those weird noises again!’

‘What noises?’

‘You know, with that horrible groaning sound that goes on for ages. I can’t sleep with you doing that…’

If this sounds familiar, then it may be that you’re suffering from catathrenia.

What is Catathrenia?

Sometimes known as nocturnal groaning, catathrenia is a rare sleep disorder which falls under the category of parasomnias. Parasomnias can be defined as unusual nighttime occurrences. And the sound made by catathrenia sufferers in their sleep can be very strange indeed.

People who have catathrenia will typically breathe in deeply while sleeping. They then hold their breath for a short while. When they breathe out if may sound like a long groaning, moaning or shrieking noise which can last from a few seconds up to a minute. And at the end of the groan could be a secondary noise like a snorting or the person might also wake up.

The noise made can be very loud, and for some people can even sound like a sexual noise. This can be quite disturbing or annoying for other people in the household who hear it, not to mention embarrassing for the person making the noise.

Catathrenia usually occurs during the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of sleep, though can occur in other sleep stages. Most people report it happening later in the night, which mirrors the fact that there’s more REM sleep later on during sleeping.

People who have catathrenia will usually experience it for many years, and during this time will in many cases experience it most nights. And unless their partner can sleep through any noise, they’ll probably hear about it from them in the morning.

What Catathrenia isn’t

catathrenia and snoring are not the same thingCatathrenia could be confused for other sleep disorders or heath issues. So it’s important to understand that it isn’t any of the following:

  • Related to snoring. The easy way to tell the difference is that snoring usually takes place on the in-breath, whereas catathrenia takes place during the out-breath.
  • Related to exhalatory snoring (which seems like it contradicts the first point). The noise in this kind of snoring is also made on the out-breath. However, the distinction is that only with catathrenia does the person hold their breath after they breathe in.
  • Sleep apnea. Even though both disorders involve a pause in breathing, there’s a key difference. With apnea the pause happens after breathing out; with catathrenia the pause happens after breathing in.
  • Stridor, which is a potentially dangerous condition where a person lets out a high pitch sound due to a constriction of the airways.
  • Related to sleep talking. Despite the fact that sometimes people can make a very strange sound, it isn’t the same as sleep talking.
  • Moaning which occurs during epileptic seizures.
  • Related to any other breathing disorder.
  • Related to any dream states or mental suffering.

When diagnosing catathrenia a medical professional would want to rule out the above possibilities, particularly the more threatening conditions like apnea, epilepsy and stridor.

What causes catathrenia?

As with many sleep disorders the exact cause of catathrenia is still in debate among the medical and scientific community. There have been various theories put forward, including:

  • Obstruction or restriction of the upper airway.
  • During REM sleep, the vocal chords may partially close off. A forced out-breath then takes place to push through this closure and unblock the vocal chords.
  • Damage to brain structures that control breathing.
  • There have also been suggestions it’s connected to high stress levels.

Unfortunately there’s a lack of studies that have been done to work out the exact causes. Since Catathrenia results in more social problems than being medically dangerous, researchers are for the most part focused on sleep disorders which can be harmful.

Despite the lack of consensus as to the cause, it does appear that many researchers believe it’s an obstruction or restriction of the airways that causes catathrenia. Because of that, some argue that it shouldn’t be classed as a parasomnia, but rather a sleep-related breathing disorder.

Catathrenia treatment

Many people don’t even realise they have catathrenia until a partner or someone sleeping in their house tells them about the noise. The first step is of course to identify that it isn’t a different sleep disorder.

Talking with a medical professional or having a sleep study conducted is the best way to make sure catathrenia is identified correctly. You may be diagnosed purely from your history and reported symptoms.

Otherwise you may be asked to have a polysomnogram, which is an over-night sleep study. Following this there are 2 ways of looking at treatment:

  1. Should the sufferer look at ways to address the problem?
  2. Should the person who is being disturbed find ways to block out the noise?

For actual treatment of the patient, it seems either an oral device or a CPAP machine are currently the main options, with surgery also a possibility.

In 2008, a study at Standford University of 7 catathrenia sufferers found that a Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP) machine helped resolve the nocturnal groaning for all 7 people.

A CPAP machine delivers air gently through the nose to keep the airways open. Interestingly it’s normally only used by people who have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

In that study though, all 7 of the people refused to keep wearing the machine, and most had surgery after the study. The researchers reported that those who did have surgery were cured of their catathrenia.

Since catathrenia is seen as a mild disorder, and more of a social problem for sufferers and their families, treatment isn’t usually rushed and the least intrusive options are offered first.

So the alternative is for people who are being disturbed by the noise to take action. Wearing sleep earplugs could help in some circumstances, though possibly not if the sound being made is extremely loud.

I’ve also heard suggestions of using a white noise machine to mask the sound. This is unlikely to work though if you’re in the same room. It might help if you’re hearing it from another bedroom in the same house, but not if you’re right next to the person making the sounds.

So if you’re unable to find ways for you and anyone else living with you to cope, or are concerned that you might have a different sleep disorder, you may find seeking medical advice a good first step.

Readers’ tips

Several readers have commented to say that they found raising their pillows helped stop the groaning sounds. I haven’t seen this published as a recommended treatment, but it’s great that readers think it helps.

One or two have also offered the suggestion of sleeping on your side. Again, this doesn’t have research to back it up, but it’s worth trying out.

I’d be very grateful if you could leave a comment to say if these ideas work for you, if you decide to try them or already have done. That way I can write in more detail about how often it helps people.

And if you have any other suggestions for coping mechanisms that might benefit other readers, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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  • Oh goodness…as I am writing this my partner of 10 years is moaning/groaning in his sleep. The past year has been AWFUL to say the least.
    He quite obviously suffers from this and it is absolutely exhausting for me as a light sleeper and 3 small children to get anything you could classify as a “good night sleep”.
    I have tried everything you can possibly think and if anything he has progressively gotten worse! Its almost ALL night! And on the off chance i can block it…or get him to stop long enough to get myself to sleep……he will do an extremely LONG and LOUD moan that wakes me and sometimes our daughter who sleeps in our room.
    I look at these stories of these poor people suffering 10+ years of it….
    And No. I cannot accept that there is no real “fix”.
    Please please please…..I need any advice or suggestions!!!!

    • Hi Tahlia
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, there’s no simple one-size-fits-all solution. You could try the suggestions in the article, but if it’s that bad, it’s probably a good idea to get checked over by a doctor too to make sure there’s nothing causing it which needs treatment.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • After 35 years of sleeping with someone who has this nighttime problem I can tell you the solution…… Separate bedrooms. I am finally getting a good nights sleep! While I sympathize with the sufferers, everyone seems to ignore the problems for a partner. Years and years of being woke up over and over takes a toll on your health too. No more daytime sleepiness!! I think there are several causative factors. Weight, sleeping on your back , stress, no head elevation are some. While the actual physical cause probably won’t kill the sufferer, the partner could be a different story…. Haha. It is hard being woke up more nights than not , as if you have a newborn. …. For 30-40 years. My husband has had the sleep studies cpap, which sits on the night table, the whole nine yards. The thing I wonder. …. When he was a child my husband used to sleepwalk…. Any connection?

    • Hi Susan
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately I think you’re right in that in some circumstances, separate bedroom isn’t such a bad idea. Especially if nothing seems to help, and you’re suffering from lack of sleep because of it. I’m not sure if there’s a connection with sleepwalking though. Very often people have more than one sleep disorder, at least intermittently.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hi Ethan,
    I am 25 years old and my fiance always wakes me up telling me im humming really loud.Not random noises but a loud hum. Im glad i found this article. It sorta sounds like what is going on with me, and what i have. Iv tried to do alot of research as to what i have but no such luck.

  • Thanks for this article! I haven’t had this before (at least to my knowledge – I’ve had two polysomnograms for excessive daytime sleepiness, diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia, and I would think at least one would’ve picked this up if it was a regular thing for me). However, I’ve had an acute respiratory infection, and in the last couple of days, I keep waking myself up with these groaning sounds. (I thought maybe my subconscious was just telling me I was especially miserable the first time or two it happened, hah!) I’m wondering if the inflammation of coughing and such might have changed the shape or position of my larynx and or the base of my tongue and that’s causing this? I’d be interested to hear if anyone else is familiar with something like this (or if this is a separate phenomenon and has a different name). I’ll tell my doctor, but I know sometimes these kinds of things can confuse GPs. I’d like to treat it so I can sleep better and kick this virus!

    • Hi Susan
      Thanks for your comment. I think it’s very likely to be a direct result of your illness. So hopefully when you get better, the groaning sound will also stop. But as you say, mention it to your doctor just to be sure.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I would say my husband is almost certainly a catathrenia sufferer. And for about ten years now. It comes in cycles throughout his sleep. He takes a deep breath in, holds it for a little while and then slowly let’s the breath out making a whistling kettle sort of sound, a long high pitched tone. There are sometimes groans instead. It’s worse when he is on his front.

    The only different and unfortunate symptom he experiences is waking up feeling exhausted. It has affected his ability to wake up promptly in the morning and to feel like he can function at full capacity (he has been studying the past 4 years). Just wondering if anyone else has experienced the feeling (and reality?) of extreme sleep deprivation. It has been very taxing for us.

    O am also convinced that it is stress related for my husband. When there are demands or stressors placed on him/our family, he holds his breathe and whistles/groans on the out breath a lot more (more times during the night and also over more nights). I usually have to touch/rub his arm to get him to roll onto his side and that seems to help temporarily.

    Is there any study into psychological approaches that help manage stress and therefore potentially reduce catathrenia symptoms?

    • Hi Lissa
      Thanks for your comment. Has he ever been checked out for sleep apnea? I know you say he is groaning on the out-breath, but breath holding, snoring noises and daytime tiredness are all potential signs of apnea. I think it might be worth asking a doctor, just to be on the safe side.
      In terms of stress, I don’t know of any studies directly looking at stress reduction and catathrenia. However, stress generally isn’t good for sleep and can be a factor in all kinds of sleep problems. So perhaps getting some help might be good. And if he’s into self-help at all, I highly recommend looking into mindfulness techniques.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I have been sick with a sinus infection three days now. My partner has been complaining about me making these groaning noises. I have caught myself making these noises while lying on my back. I normally don’t sleep on my back, but due to the discomfort I have found myself sleep in different positions. It’s 4am in the morning and I freaked out because I was awaken by this again so I decided to do some research online. Thank you for some clarity tonight. I’ll call my doctor this morning just to feel better.

  • My boyfriend jay found this article and it’s quite apparent that this is what he is suffering from. I can speak from experience when I say that rolling them on their side doesn’t work. It’s not a snore so it’s not a restricted airway (in my humble opinion). My best idea? Go to sleep before him

    • Hi Sharon
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, those simple tricks like side rolling won’t help everyone. Going to sleep first isn’t bad iidea – as long as you’re not easily woken by noise!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hi,

    Not sure if my comment will help, but I can recount exactly when and why this condition started for me. I went to college at 25, I had taken some years to travel, and from very early on I started to notice that I was holding my breath while concentrating (writing a paper or studying etc) and then progressively I started to catch myself letting my breath out slowly while making a noise. Over the next couple of years this transferred into my sleep, only occasionally to begin with but it has progressed to where I do it every night.

    I’m now looking for ways to train my body to not do it…. not sure it’s going to work but I think it’s all muscle control so I figure I can train my body to relax when it starts to happen.

  • I have suffered from night terrors for years. This comes in waves and does not happen all the time. I also make a chewing/ slapping of my lips/
    Mouth noise which keeps up my partner. It doesn’t happen every night and stopped for a long time. I have no idea what it is or how it is caused but it is really annoying him and me! It is not teeth grinding! I just wish I knew the cause!

    • Hi Slou
      Thanks for your comment. Have you asked your doctor for their advice? Did you find you were more or less stressed during the periods it happened or didn’t, for example? Or any other things which were happening in your life when it stopped?
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Just found the article and now i understand why my wife sounds like a hump back whale at night time. Normally i sleep through the sounds but she has a habit of clawing my back first which now wakes me up to hear the full chorus.
    most nights the sounds are made in conjunction with pulling her eye lashes is there a connection? Really considering the earplug method or better still seperate rooms as i work long hours and end up asleep on the sofa for 2 to 3 hours a night. I now sympathise with her and that it is indeed a recognised medical condition but then so is my sleep deprivation

    • Hi Lee
      Thanks for your comment. I totally understand your position, but it’s also good you can empathize with her. Perhaps ask her to sleep with a different pillow setup and see if that helps. If you get some decent earplugs, that can definitely take the edge of the sound, if not cut it out altogether if you’re lucky.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • For as long as I can remember my parent’s told me I moaned in my sleep and for about the past 5 years my partner has described it as a groaning sound and I have even woken up to myself groaning. Tonight is the first time ever looking it up and after reading your article it is starting to make a little sense. About 5 years ago when the moaning turned to more of a groan the only difference is I find it more comfortable to sleep on my stomach with no pillow and every time I can remember catching myself groaning that is the position I’m in, no pillow or head elevation so I’m thinking maybe you’re right about the pillow situation. I will have to try it and see! Thanks for the article.

  • Oh my gosh, I’m glad I found this. I’ve been doing this for the past year or so, and it used to be very sporadic but now it’s several times a week and I wake myself up doing it. It’s not loud, and it’s more of a “mmmmmm” sound. I’ve woken my husband up sometimes as well. It’s starting to stress me out!

  • Glad my daughter sent me your article. There is also very good information under “Night Terrors” by the Mayo Clinic on the web.
    I’ve been having these night terrors for several years now; but they would be occasional. Now they seem to be happening more frequently.
    I fall asleep and about an hour and one half into sleep I feel as if someone is trying to take my soul, I’m crying out into the night with these loud noises which my daughter hears from her room and then comes and tapes it and wakes me. Usually my heart is beating very fast when awoken and I’m short of breath. It takes me a while to get back to sleep. I try to sleep on my side, but that does not always help. I’m 75 years old . If this continues on a regular basis, I will definitely have my doctor send me to a sleep clinic to evaluate what happens although, this does not happen every night.
    Thank you for your article it is enlightening and I see that I’m not the only person who suffers with this condition.

    • Hi Connie
      Thanks for your comment, and I’m glad you found the article helpful. Sorry to hear you’ve been having problems with your sleep. So even though you left the comment on the catathrenia article, from the sounds of it, it’s more likely to be nightmares, perhaps with sleep talking which is manifesting as the loud noises in your case. Maybe if you try some of the tips in the article about nightmares, it might help a little. But sure, if it’s worrying you and causing you or your family problems it might be good to talk it through with your doctor.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I am glad to find this article. About five years ago my neighbor (I lived in an apartment) reported to the landlord that I had been making all kinds of noise on a particular night. Knowing I was alone and asleep that night, I thought it must’ve been someone else and brushed it off as my neighbor being confused. Then about a year later a friend who slept over told me I was crying very loudly in my sleep, I thought it must have been a nightmare. Recently, my daughter stayed over and woke me up and said “mom, what’s wrong, you are making terrible noises, I thought you were having a seizure or something”. I don’t remember any of these occurrences or if I was dreaming but I was starting to get worried it was something more. This article makes me feel a little better. I’ll try some of the suggestions.

    • Hi Michelle
      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you found the article helpful, though I’m not sure Catathrenia best explains your situations, given that you said you were crying. Perhaps you were having bad dreams and making noises along with them, as can happen with nightmares and/or sleep talking for example. You could try recording yourself sleeping so you have a better idea of what it might be, and play the sound to your doctor if you manage to catch anything.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I’m so glad I found this article. I’m always on the road in different city’s with different coworkers and I always hear the same. “Man you make some weird noises when you sleep, like your having a sex dream”. I’ve even woke up quick enough to catch myself making these noises. People in my house hold say they can hear it when they go to the restroom late at night. How long I make these noises I have no idea but glad to know I’m the only one.

    • Hi Paul
      Thanks for your comment. You’re definitely not the only one to experience this. I’m pleased you found the article helpful, and perhaps the ideas at the end might prove useful.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Wow this article has been really useful, I thought I was the only one! I didn’t even realise I made high pitched whines in my sleep until two years ago when I shared a tent with a friend and kept her up all night.. Oops…
    Since then it got so much worse and apparently I even start crying and screaming in my sleep which is really weird. Sleeping on my side actually helps, I’ve also found sleeping with someone else nearby makes a huge difference. My boyfriend says I don’t talk so much either since he’s started just “hugging it out” without waking me up

    • Hi Abi
      Thanks for your comment. I wonder if it’s either nightmares and/or catathrenia. Either way, you’re not the only one who makes noise in their sleep. And what a sweet boyfriend you have there!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Interesting.. my brother has done this as long as I can remember.. 50 years.. I used to be an absolute silent breather, past partners often thought I was dead. However in the past few months, I have developed something similar.. it doesnt go on as long as my brothers, but is just a short moan at the end of occasional breaths.. so its not consistent either.. very infuriating for my partner… sleeping on my side helps… just have to put up with a dead arm in the morning..lol.. is there anything in the literarure about being genetic

  • I’m 52 years old. My ex partner often watched me when I was making the noises. She’d tell me about how I’d breathe in for ages and then hold my breath…. She’d describe the release sound as a speedboat or motorbike. The longer if hold my breath…. The longer the sound. There were occasions, usually when I’d held my breath for over a minute, where she’d disturb me (a slight kick it nudge), when she did this if exhale normally….

    Like some other commentators, I too have heard myself do this.

    She’d also say that it would be more severe if I’d had alcohol….

    My current partner is now starting to moan about the noise… However, since reading your article out to her she my be more sympathetic…

    Thank you for the information.

    Andy

  • My boyfriend only does this while hes on his back and usually when he only has one pillow. I believe that the pillow thing works and also poeple might want to try sleeping om their side to see if it helps.

    • Hi Caroline
      Thanks for your comment. That’s interesting what you say about your boyfriend. I might add the sleeping on the side idea to the article too!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I’m 16 and I’ve been making those noises since I was a little kid. At first it started after my parents divorce, It started as me screamimg in the middle of the night and falling asleep right after and turned into just groaning in my sleep and even waking up during it because it gets so loud. My sisters even tried to put a pillow over my face to try to quiet me down. Not fun. Its very embarrassing but I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one.

    • Hi Alyssa
      Thanks for your comment. You’re definitely not the only one. I hope your sisters have stopped doing that! If they still do, I’d have a serious word with your family to ask them not to.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • After my divorce and when my fiance first moved in, he started telling me I was snoring which is impossible for me because I sleep with my mouth shut….always have. When I asked him to describe it, he said it was more like I was growing in my sleep. I have woke myself up doing this several times since. It happens on my exhale and comes from deep within my chest. He recorded me and I sounded possessed and it made me cry…silly i know but I still don’t understand why it’s happening. It did seem to stop or slow down for a while but lately since I’ve been real stressed again it has begun to wake me up. I don’t seem to rest well anymore and I’m always tired and wake up hurting all over. I just wish I understood what was happening. I have also started having an increased heart rate and trouble breathing when this happens. At least this article helps me know I’m not alone.

    • Hi Cathy
      Thanks for your comment. I think it would be a good idea to speak to your doctor about this. If you’re snoring and feel very tired a lot, there’s a possibility of it being something else, such as apnea. I think it would be good to speak to a doctor just to find out if there is anything else causing your symptoms.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • This article is pretty interesting! I’m 27 yrs old and have been moaning in my sleep since childhood. I’m usually unaware, but every now and then, if I am awoken from a deep sleep, I can consciously hear and feel myself doing it. My husband says the moans sound sexual in nature as if I’m having erotic dreams. As your article points out, this is untrue, atleast to my consciousness. What I would like to point out, however, is that the noise feels good to make. It is similar to the feel of a moan made while stretching first thing in the morning. Wondering if anyone else has reported enjoying the feeling of their sleep noises?

    • Hi smams
      Thanks for your comment, and I’m glad you found the article interesting. I haven’t heard of anyone else report that, but perhaps another reader will read your comment and connect.
      Regards
      Ethan

    • Smams, I too have had these noises and groaning sounds come from my exhale and no, it’s not sexual either. And yes, it does feel good. Oddly enough, it wakes me up to a semi-conscious state and I can keep making them. My partner says it sounds like talking sometimes, growling or purring other times. I’m glad i’m not the only one!

    • Hi, may I suggest everyone record themselves I believe many will be surprised what goes on when they sleep. I am a spiritual being when I go to sleep I travel out of my physical body in to my spiritual body into other realities. The first time it was a tuba sound with a growling, I am not afraid because I feel it protects my physical body from other entities and someone breaking in might think it’s a huge man in their. Don think I’m crazy, this is part of feeling paralyzed and a feeling like you are falling while asleep, this is a phenomenal world why not.

    • I know what you mean about feels good when making the sound. It reminds me of the feeling of being able to take a few deep breaths after holding your breath. In the past year my husband & kids have noticed me making these sounds in my sleep. A few times I’ve woken myself up when making the moaning sounds & I was dreaming. In the dream I was talking to another person, this has happened 2 or 3 times. All of this is so weird but i am so happy to know I’m not the only one this happens to.

  • My ex used to tell me I made really weird noises, like a chainsaw cutting wood. I have also woken myself up with the ‘death rattle’ sound. Same with the moaning/groaning.
    Thanks for finally putting a name to it.
    Side note: it doesn’t happen on nights I’m not stressed.

    • Hi there
      Thanks for your comment, and I’m glad you found the article useful. It’s good you have an idea what might trigger it – now the trick is to work on the stress!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Thanks for the article & update. I’m going to try the pillow trick to see if that helps. I’m in the military & sleep in the field often. This is more than embarrassing w/my spouse. Instead, every time I go to the field, I get to hear from everyone how I was “orgasming,” in my sleep cause of these horrible noises I make. I just want it to stop.

    • Hi there
      Thanks for your comment. I can understand your predicament – that must be quite stressful. Hopefully that trick will help, but if not perhaps your doctor can give you some advice. And failing that, you’ll have to see if you can think of a way to “own” the joke and stop it being so interesting for everyone else.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Please this is embarrassing I just did this noise again but sometimes I hear it by myself, sometimes is the noise that wakes me up. And my people sees it as if am witch pleas help me I am fed up of this embarrassment

    • Hi Ola
      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear you’re having trouble because of this. Perhaps you could try the raised pillow idea? It might also be helpful to show your people this article so they are given an alternative suggestion to you being a witch!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • These articles have been so helpful, my husband has been telling me for quite sometime I groan loudly odd sounds. I am a type 1 diabetic x 52 years. I would like to know about the surgery to help me resolve this embarrassing problem. Thank you.

    • Hi Connie
      Thanks for your comment, and I’m glad you found the articles helpful. I think perhaps the first step would be to talk to your doctor. They can advise you if they think surgery would be helpful, and also speak to you about trying something else such as a cpap machine.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • A week ago, out of the blue, my significant other informed me that I was making weird and loud noises inconsistently throughout the night. Your description of Catathrenia sounds exactly what has been happening, I am 73 years old, work full time with a long commute and oftentimes stressful situations. I have no energy to get to the gym or even do yard work and my appetite is negligible. I do enjoy my wine and also cigarettes – however I started wearing a nicotine patch last week at the onset of this breathing issue. Stopped the patch several days ago but noises did not cease. Should I go to a sleep specialist or through my primary care physician? Look forward to your response and advice – I DO NOT LIKE THIS SITUATION!!!!!

    • Hi Bev
      Thanks for your comment. I would start with your personal doctor. They can check your lungs first of all to see if the smoking has caused any problems which could lead to the noises. If not, you can also get their advice about seeing a sleep specialist.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hi
    I have been making weird sexual noises in my sleep. My husband says this is not the first time. Even when my sisters visited me they also heard the noises. According to my husband only only do I make the sounds but also do sexual movements.
    He said he is tired of me having sex in my sleep and it shows that m in another relationship therefore he thinks its better if he leaves.The scary part is that I don’t even remember any of this.
    please help?

    • Hi Adrie
      Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear you’re having relationships difficulty because of this. Have you tried showing your husband this article, or any other like it on the internet? Or perhaps even speaking to your doctor about it together? I know it can be hard for a partner to put up with, but perhaps if he reads this information it will help him understand and accept that it’s a sleep disorder and not at all connected to any untoward behavior in life.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • My son just recorded me . Woke him up said I was making a sound like someone holding the end of a ballon and slowly letting the air out but at different amounts .. I do have webbing in my throat had stretched dialated . Also cervical plate rod from car accident. And had tumor taken off thyroid . Lots inflammation from sarcoidosis.

  • Hi,

    Thank you for the helpful article! I think I may have the same problem. The wierd sounds occur when I have indigestion and sleep face up, laying on my back. Last night, I also noticed I had little difficulty breathing before I slept which may have contributed to the wierd sounds I made all night. I will try sleeping on my side with more pillows and avoid eating meals that can cause indigestion.

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