I stop breathing day and night, asleep or awake. I had my sleep study done on Sunday. The technician had one other patient that night, and got off to a bad start right away with the comment ... I have two to beat up on tonight then! The other gentleman was elderly and had a black eye. Several times he was less than professional, however that is not my issue, other than I was disinclined to discuss much with him, and wrongly chose to wait until I had spoken to my doctor. Since the study, I have become more aware of my breathing which is something I have always assumed to be normal , and noticed that I do not have a regular breathing pattern. When I turn over in bed I hold my breath. When I am awake , and especially when focussed or concentrating, reading quietly or preoccupied I simply stop breathing. It may be mid exhale, inhale, or at any point in.my cycle. YeArs ago I had sarcoidosis which affected my lungs and breathing,, and my liver. During that time i was very confused and unwell, but on reflection, I believe that time is about when my irregular breathing started. The sleep study people have expedited a prescription for a bi pap machine, and as yet I have not had the opportunity to talk to my doctor about this. I do intend to talk to him as soon as he can see me, however, the clinic is not aware of the full picture. What is normal breathing? I used to do a lot of snorkle diving up until i came to Iowa, and obviously, holding ones breath under water is a normal thing. I was in touch with the medical supply house, and was told the basic bi pap machine will cost my insurance, plus my co pay will be $300 per month for ten months. Is this the normal price of such equipment? My real question is this... I sleep in the recovery position to keep my away open, and that works... I do not snore. I do stop breathing, but that is not just in my sleep so: do I need a 24 hour machine? Is there such a thing? Do i need to go back and speak to my doctor before I fill my unaffordable prescription? Any help you might have will be very welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read my post.