Catathrenia: Moaning and Groaning During Sleep

Catathrenia, or nocturnal groaning, is a relatively rare and undocumented parasomnia, in which the subject groans during their sleep – often quite loudly. This disorder is long lasting, and seems to occur nightly in most people. It can occur during any stage of sleep, but seems to happen with the most frequency during REM sleep or deep sleep. It can come and go during the night, and restless sleep with a lot of tossing and turning may actually ward it off, as it’s been documented that subjects who move around a lot experience breaks in the groaning after shifts in position. This also may tie into the contention that it occurs mostly during deep sleep.

Contrary to snoring which occurs during inhalation, groaning occurs during exhalation, and one groan can last as long as 30 seconds. The groans are usually succeeded by a snort or sigh at the end. Groaning usually comes and goes in stretches, with any one stretch lasting as long as an hour.

Groaning is not related in any way to sleep-talking. It has also shown no connection to general breathing problems or sleep related breathing problems, any abnormal brain activity or mental disorders, or any other sleep related disorders in general. What causes the groaning in people is still a relative mystery.

The groaning bears no connection to any mental anguish or dream state the person may be in, a common misconception. Though people in these states have been known to make small groaning noises, they are not related to catathrenia. Other sleep related groaning type noises that could be misinterpreted as catathrenia include some types of snoring, and the moaning noises that may be made during an epileptic seizure. People with catathrenia usually have calm facial expressions and peaceful sleep despite the noise. The easiest way to distinguish snoring from catathrenia is that snoring occurs while inhaling, and groaning while exhaling. A careful examination of a partner’s breathing pattern in conjunction with the noises should be able to clarify which of the two it is.

Most people with catathrenia are not bothered by their own groaning, and will not rouse due to it, though it may be quite loud and potentially sleep disturbing to a bed partner. Most people with catathrenia will not even be aware of the disorder unless told by a bed partner, and likely will not believe the partner when told. Groaning appears to affect more males than females, and can start at any age. It appears in most cases that the groaning remains for many years. Subjects may wake up with sore throats the next morning, depending on the extent of the groaning the night before.

As the catathrenia has little to no effect on a person’s sleeping quality, and bears no connection at present to any other disorders that may be causing it, or that it may lead to, it may be unnecessary to have it looked into. If the disorder is causing distress to a bed partner, the easiest course of action may be for the partner to wear ear plugs while sleeping.

If it is decided to have a doctor look into it, they will need to know to the best of your knowledge when the groaning started, any medications you may be taking and any other sleeping disorders you may have. There is some thought that medication use may cause catathrenia in some patients, but there are no statistics to support this yet.
You may be asked to take an overnight sleep study to give the doctors a sense of the severity of the groaning, and to help detect any other sleeping disorders that may be present. As catathrenia is considered separate from other disorders, and unrelated to any other medical issues, this may be unnecessary.

There is limited data on effective treatment plans, but there is some evidence to suggest that positive airway pressure (PAP) may be beneficial in limiting the frequency and ferocity of catathrenia.

It is believed that catathrenia occurs most often during the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep; however, there are studies that have found it to be present during all stages of sleep.  It is not the same as sleep apnea or regular snoring, as the person often wakes up feeling fully rested, even though their bed partner will probably not say the same.

Catathrenia is a condition that is more bothersome to a spouse or bed partner than it is to the individual; however, there are some cases where the person will awaken with expiration due to oxygen desaturation; therefore, many studies have suggested this condition may be a feature of sleep-disordered breathing.

What the Research Shows about Catathrenia

With its inclusion as a parasomnia into the International Classification of Sleep Disorders Diagnostic and Coding Manual (ICSD-2) about a decade ago, catathrenia has made its way into the sleep medicine nomenclature, but with much debate about its causes, treatments, and background.

One study, done in 2008, which was published in the journal, SLEEP, was performed to try to determine if catathrenia was a symptom of sleep-disordered breathing or a condition all on its own.  Researchers also wanted to determine if previous literature was correct in reporting that CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) was a viable treatment option for someone with catathrenia.

CPAP is the primary form of treatment for someone with sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing.

In this particular study, which was performed at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic, seven women between the ages of 20 and 34 years with an average BMI of less than 25 were studied over a period of five years.  Each of the women (or their partners) had reported ongoing, long-term sleep groaning.

All participants in the study underwent clinical evaluation, sleep questionnaires, physical examination, an overnight sleep study, a log provided by their sleep partner for 10 days noting when and how long the groaning occurred, and craniofacial evaluation (looking for septal deviation, structure deformity, turbinate enlargement, etc., which can all affect breathing).

CPAP was administered to all seven women, but if they could not tolerate the CPAP machine, which is noisy and can be uncomfortable, then they were offered the option of undergoing a special soft tissue/upper airway surgery.

Groaning was present in all stages of sleep, which was relieved in all participants who used CPAP.

Five of the women elected to undergo surgery, only three of which followed up after the procedure and were given additional oral appliance treatment.  All three women experienced ultimate resolution of catathrenia more than three years later.

Causes and Background of Catathrenia

It is still unclear what causes the nighttime groaning or who is more likely to suffer the condition.  Some studies found that there was a similarity in cases concerning the size of their jaw (all patients have a small jaw).  Furthermore, about 14% of patients reported a positive family history of catathrenia.

In this study at Stanford, it was noted that 43% of participants had a past history of some sort of parasomnia (such as sleep talking) in childhood, 86% had orthodontic procedures, and 71% had tooth extractions in adolescence.

Tips for Living with Catathrenia

Since catathrenia is not a particularly dangerous condition and is not associated with the development of more concerning health problems, there has been very little research in the way of determining origin and treatment options.  It is notable that the studies mentioned in this article are very small scale, with a group of people who were otherwise healthy.  Further research will be needed to determine best courses of treatment.

On the other hand, Dr. Roxanne Valentino of St. Thomas Center for Sleep recommends some ways to help bed partners deal with catathrenia.  These include:

  • Don’t panic: Catathrenia is harmless.
  • Listen: Catathrenia could potentially mask other problems, such as apnea.  Groaning happens on exhalation, there are very few nighttime awakenings, and the person will usually feel well rested upon awakening.  Listen for other abnormal sounds, like wheezing, gasping on inhalation, or excessive snoring.
  • White Noise: A fan or humidifier would be good options to block out some of the groaning noise, or a white noise generator designed specifically for sleep,
  • Earplugs: These are helpful if the groaning is mild.
  • Seek Medical Attention: If all else fails, talk to a doctor or sleep specialist about obtaining a study or possibly undergoing CPAP treatment.


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62 thoughts on “Catathrenia: Moaning and Groaning During Sleep

  1. Janet A Reply

    So glad to find this article.
    I realized I make little rhythmic humming sounds periodically in my sleep. My father has this condition too. I always assumed it is connected to sleep apnea, which my father had.
    If I forget to use my nasacort spray I notice it gets worse, so I do think it’s connected to sinus, breathing issues.
    Sometimes my humming wakes me up, which is how I realized I had condition.

  2. June E Vendetti Reply

    I will groan or moan in my sleep, to the point where it wakes me up! I have no idea what causes it. I don’t like that it disturbs my sleep, but so does getting up to relieve myself during the night. I’m told that I have to drink more water, but when I do, I have to use the bathroom more often. In any case, I’m glad to hear that catathrenia is harmless! It doesn’t happen every night, thank God, but when it does, I am woken up, when I’d rather be sleeping! I do have a deviated septum, so that could have something to do with it. There are very few nights that I sleep straight through. I usually start praying, if I haven’t finished my night prayers. I guess this is God’s way of letting me know he wants to hear me pray!

  3. Don Raggo Reply

    I have only just stumbled upon this, of late it has been driving my s/o up the wall, I always thought she was winding me up because sometimes I get laryngospasms and I suffer from COPD, I’ve taken to lying at the bottom of the bed and she sticks cotton wool buds in her ears..

  4. jeremy parrott Reply

    well I never realised that I was not the only one, I’m 52 years old and remember my family complaining about this when I was 4 years old. However after a failed marriage, I now live alone and it doesn’t bother me, although it now stops me having another relationship at all. There must be a solution

  5. Danielle Riggens Reply

    My roommate suffers. I try to help but am told, “I don’t groan.” How can you advise a person when confronted with that statement? Help!!

    • Amanda Reply

      I have this and use a sleep app to track it! Maybe you can try to tell them to record or download one of those that detects it automatically. The one I have is called SleepCycle

    • Chris Reply

      I use the app “Voice Activated Recorder”, I just tested it some days ago. 🙂

  6. Trista Reply

    I groan when I take naps or fall asleep in the daytime and it wakes me up. I’m not really sure if this happened to me at night.

  7. Me Reply

    My husband says I sound like a demon. And this morning I was shaking

    • Andre Reply

      I’ve groaned in my sleep every since I was a kid. I’m glad to read that it is harmless but hate that I do it. It’s embarrassing.

  8. Helen Reply

    I was told it sound the grudge sound of the movie I’m not sure but I’ve been doing this as a kid up when I try to do the noise while I’m awake that they say I sound like it’s hard to breathe can’t do it very long and feedback

  9. Helen Reply

    I been having this problem a child growing up I am now 24 hate to see there’s nothing I can do about this

    • Charlene Reply

      I see we are about the same age and it is the same situation with me. I’ve had this sense childhood and still experiencing it. I forgot about it until my loved one told me about my sleep the other night. It’s very intriguing.

  10. Jaika Reply

    Hello, Actually what made me get to know about this condition, us my neighbor who groans the whole night. I thought she is stressed or heartbreak and do on. Just wanted to know the cause but… It’s unknown

    • Sandy Holt Reply

      Oh gosh my hubby does this and it first started when he had to have major surgery I’m thinking its stress or maybe to much drinking be fore bed I have noticed if he had a good meal before bed it seems to be less ..I dont know some times I hollar are you alright and he looks up and say yeah geeze it’s a crazy mess some times it sounds like a baby whinging or the devil praying for yall and please pray for mine never knew others was going threw this

  11. Jfer Reply

    I have always had this. My friends use to tell me when we teens they couldn’t sleep cuz I would moan and swish my feet back and forth. lol. I have tho moaned so loud that it wakes me. So I can tell I do it. I didn’t realize it was a “condition”. I always felt it was cuz I was so relaxed. Good to know it’s out there in others. 🙂 I do have arthritis issues but don’t think it’s connected as I have known of moaning issue at age 17. Now I’m 47. The arthritis issues started in my mid 30s. I don’t mind it but it does sometimes bother my bf. But his snoring bugs me so think we even. Lol.

  12. Jill G Reply

    I would like to know if anyone has looked into the relationship of catathrenia and severe arthritis pain/cramping. Through several sleep studies for unrelated reasons, I found that I have no measurable sleep disturbance; I seem to sleep through considerable noise and often wake up in a very low/tired state, even with a solid night’s sleep. I have been told by friends who have experienced it that I spend much of the night moaning and groaning and crying out, and the only suspect I have so far is spasms due to severe arthritic pain, which may occur during the day as well. Very often my hands and feet are severely cramped in the morning. I would very much like to know if this has been studied.

  13. ANON Reply

    I’m not sure if I have Catathrenia. My husband recently told me that I was moaning and groaning in my sleep. This started about 6 months ago. He said that the moans and groans are very loud and sounds as if I am having sex and he is constantly accusing me of having sex with someone else. Before this, he told me that I was talking in my sleep. I knew that I talked in my sleep, I’ve been doing that since I was a teenager. The moaning and groaning started when I was in my 20’s, but I had not had an episode (that I know of) until recently. I’m not sure what made it return. I’m not cheating on my husband and using this as an excuse. He had a stroke and still does not have full use of his right side. I work a full-time job and have to come home to cooking, cleaning, dispensing meds, helping to shower, etc. daily. There is no extra time – not even for me to get a proper night of rest. Thanks for listening.

    • Victoria Reply

      Hey just wanna say you’re definitely not alone on that . My past relationship told me the same thing , I am now in a new relationship & am being told the same thing .
      It’s comforting to know someone else out there is experiencing the same thing as me , unfortunately for us , I still don’t know why the hell this is so continuously.

  14. Me Reply

    My fiance moans in her sleep as if she his holding a conversation with somebody but I hear voices in a distance I think she cheating and using this as a way to communicate with Jody but damn while I’m here

  15. Anonymous Reply

    My husband hums loudly and sounds quite elated at times but it’s freaky and weird to me. Almost like he’s doing it on purpose to scare me or something. He says he’s always done it. I have a hard time dealing w it and use earplugs and sleep in another room. It’s hard on me. I dislike it extremely but love him. I worry about it. This arrival helped thank u.

    • Stephanie Whibbs Reply

      Iam sorry to hear that my mom days i groan alot also it has me scared

    • Sandy Holt Reply

      Oh gosh my hubby does this and it first started when he had to have major surgery I’m thinking its stress or maybe to much drinking be fore bed I have noticed if he had a good meal before bed it seems to be less ..I dont know some times I hollar are you alright and he looks up and say yeah geeze it’s a crazy mess some times it sounds like a baby whinging or the devil praying for yall and please pray for mine never knew others was going threw this

  16. Faith D. Reply

    The exact same thing has been happening to my partner for as long as we’ve been together. The EXACT SAME experience…

    If you don’t mind me asking…
    Is that just catathrenia you’re experiencing, or something more?
    Also, how do you live with/control this issue?

    I’ve finally decided to research his sleep behavior and would immensely appreciate any tips/advice & whatnot.

    Thanks in advance.

    Faith D.

  17. Joey Reply

    Steve Galloway I also sometimes experience what your friend is experiencing I dont know what it is all i know is that i make this growling noise i feel like I’m having a nightmare where i cant talk and I’m trying to scare off something trying to get close to me. I was also wondering if it was something to do with my sleep. It’s hard for me to sleep at night as well. Did your friend find out what it was?

  18. Nikki Reply

    I’m not sure if the sounds I’m making while asleep is Catathrenia or not. My fiance has just recently moved in with me (about a month and a half ago) and he has told me on several occasions that I make a moaning sound in my sleep.( Not to mention talking in my sleep and the snoring ) I was aware of the snoring but not the talking and moaning. I have noticed the majority of comments here state that they start immediately when they fall asleep, same as I do. But seems like every article claims it begins in REM which is longer into the sleep cycle. Hmm. But I’m no longer overweight. I’ve mostly always had a snoring problem. I am asthmatic and I’m a smoker as well. I do suffer from anxiety and depression along with bipolar disorder and insomnia. Which the insomnia has improved some, but now I do this and it causes me to not want to sleep so I don’t keep everyone awake. When I was a child I had horrible night terrors which have mostly subsided now that I’m an adult. But I feel like there may be some correlation with mental disorders and Catathrenia. I could be wrong. Does anyone else suffer from mental/emotional disorders and also sleep moan/groan?? I feel awful for my fiance because he can’t sleep if I’m having a rough night. He always tries to “beat” me to bed. So he can fall asleep first. I guess he doesn’t hear it in his sleep. Also I don’t really get to sleep much or for long. So during the day I’m exhausted and by the time I actually get to lay down and go to sleep I SLEEP. Hard. I hope someone has some insight on how to improve this condition. I was completely unaware I was doing this and now that know I wish nobody would have told me.

  19. Judy Chamberlin Reply

    Hi, I would like to know why my elderly husband has begun to jerk, mumble and hand/arms fly while sound asleep. He does not know he does these things but I am losing sleep over it and go into another room about three times a week. Would the medical face mask help him? He has one but has not used it yet. What should he do? I am afraid of getting hit bad in the head. please help. Thanks

    • Angie Reply

      My roommate says I moan in my sleep during the night and I didn’t even know, at first when she told me I didn’t believe it, cause my family members have never complained about it, but she keeps telling me when I’m back to school, she said one of her friend had it and she prayed about it and it stopped, maybe we could all try talking to God about it
      I really want it to stop, like reallyyyy

  20. Coleman N. Reply

    Been experiencing this sort of thing for years. Same as what’s been said by everyone, it doesn’t bother me one single bit! But everyone around me gets to hear it at night. Hopefully a good solution comes out soon.

  21. Steve Galloway Reply

    My buddy makes horrible monster like groans and growls just as he is awakening in the morning. He sounds like he’s experiencing extreme pain and it’s very frightening! It actually sounds like a possessed demon escaping from hell.
    Is this Catathrenia??? It’s so violent and load; all he descriptions for the disorder don’t match. I do I get help for my friend and myself??

  22. Anon Reply

    I have developed this over the last 3 years. I am almost 50. My husband hears it not me so much. I used to have asthma but grew out of it around age 18. I have noticed I breath through my mouth at night.
    The only things that have helped are to not eat after 7 or 8pm and to avoid all caffeine including chocolate. 🙁 Hope you all find more answers as it is a frustrating thing. PS- my grandmother had this too.

    • Ntina Reply

      Steve: I have exacty the same, only worse; impossible fr anyone to sleep bear me OR next rooms even with door shut. They are sure I somehow suffer or am in a terrible, terrible pain, or dying (!) . I have asthma and apnea caused by terrible working environment, it started soon after I joined it. My breathing stops for a long time, they say, it looks as if I am in a nightmare.
      Of course I am in none of these situations, at least I cannot remember terror or fear or stress in my sleep. I am only too sorry people get terrified, impossible to share a bed or a room or a small house with someone.
      THAT is terrifying alright!
      Funny also when I live away from my own house, sometimes I don’t go it at all, and start it again when I return. Hm!
      Funny thing I

  23. wendy Reply

    My husband started this sleep moaning just 6 weeks before he died at age 62. I taped the moaning so he could hear it and he claimed he had been having very strange dreams but could not identify them to a person or place. I wonder if he was really talking to people in his sleep because he would change tones and many times he seemed to be answering or asking a question, the sounds would grow very load and then sometimes soft, After a few minutes of this he would become silent and breath in a heavy panting pattern and then it would start all over again. He did this as soon as closed his eyes and it continued throughout the entire time, night after night and day after day for 6 weeks. It got so bad they put him on oxygen 24/7 and still it got worse by the day. He had to have a mass removed around his heart and his heart gave out immediately following the surgery. He even mentioned to me that he felt he was going to die weeks before the surgery. The tapes I have clearly show me he was having conversations with people who have already passed away. Does anyone know if there has been any studies on this in relationship to those who are in fact in a stage of death?

  24. Katherine Nicholls Reply

    Hi there. I was looking for someone who does this when awake and found no info but the same questions on this site. I don’t know why I do it, I used to sigh when depressed, but now I’m stressed. Things are such and effort to do, and it’s like I feel too much pain abuse. I thought it was in relation to this.The other things is increasing stiff joint back etc..and it some times makes me groan just like described. Last year I had weird symptoms which were actually quite serious…all due to stress. Now I just break out in hives, and hold my breath. One of you does it when relaxed. I think i may perhaps just be comforting myself.

  25. Kayla Reply

    I’m pregnant and my guy does this so loud it feels like it shakes my bones. I swear he’s groaning so loud he’s YELLING. “Sleep in another room” and “wear headphones” are options for ME to cope with his loud butt, but I need some real solutions for HIS body to manage this before I have a newborn sharing our room for him to keep awake. He’s done this as long as we’ve been together, but in the past month or two it’s gotten a million times worse. This is turning me into a very grumpy pregnant lady with a couple months left to go and every time I try to talk about it with him he gets defensive and hurt- god forbid I wake him up for a few seconds of peace! “What, I’m quiet, you just woke me up” dude, you’re screaming, I love you but shut UP. He also talks in his sleep. He just had to let me know to “take 135 Northwest” a few moments ago, which may seem harmless but it’s 3:30 AM, I’m halfway through pregnancy, and I just want him to let me sleep. Please send help or a shovel

  26. Melis Reply

    Please help! husband has been doing this for years and he doesnt believe me. Be gets so mean in his sleep when I tell him he is sleep groaning. I have a 5 Year old and a full time, demanding job and I am always exhausted because my husband never lets me sleep. We do not have a big enough house for me to establish a second bedroom. I can’t continue to live like this. We have been married 12 years and I am seriously considering ending this. Yes, it sounds extreme but this has sleep deprivation is torture and I want to enjoy my life before the lack of sleep kills me.

  27. Ari Reply

    I’m a 18 y/o female who developed Catathrenia a few years back. For a while it wasn’t a big issue and only happened a few times but now it happens basically every time I fall asleep. I can’t have sleep overs anymore and I’m scared to go dorm in college in the fall because I don’t want people to bear me. I’ve scoured the internet looking for any sort of remedy and have found literally nothing. I did a sleep study and everything came back normal. I’m absolutely humiliated by it and I’m getting desperate— does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do from this point on?

  28. Saida Reply

    Soo I just found out I have it because my partner said I do noises and cry but I told her I didn’t dream anything HOW DO I STOP ITS EMBARRASSING

  29. Neetra Reply

    I just started this a month or two ago and it’s really driving me CRAZY… sometimes I can hear myself in my sleep moaning or groaning but mostly my family hears it…it’s embarrassing and I need help

  30. Benjamin Nielsen Reply

    I have the exactly same issue. Not an issue for me but for other that sleep in the same room as me. I hav had islt since I was little, now Im 25 and still have it. Im hope for a solution to be found soon!

  31. J Sorensen Reply

    I have Catathernia and have had it for several years – my family has always described it as “humming”. Until I used a snoring app recently to record myself, I had no idea how disruptive it was. I was mortified – even moreso when I found no real successful fix for it.
    That is, until last week when I purchased a weighted blanket as a splurge item for myself – something for comfort, reduce anxiety, improve sleep….etc. Best news is that I haven’t hummed since. Given, this isn’t a very long “trial”, but I’m happy enough to share the little bit of success I’ve had. Hope this helps.

  32. Patrick O’brian Henry Reply

    I’m 15 and my sleep groaning started a bit ago in the summer and I remember when it first started happening I was sleeping in and I think I might have started doing it intentionally at first I just continued doing it as I fell asleep so I think it’s sort of a habit that I do and I can’t stop doing it. It doesn’t affect me I can sleep fine but it wakes up my siblings and they’re really annoyed by it and I can’t stop it and it sucks

  33. lisa Reply

    I added a post earlier but also wanted to add on top of.being diagnosed with OSA and the issues with the CPAP and still making sounds and the issue where I reside I also have had seizure like symptoms and issues affecting my speech at times and twitching or a sharp pain behind my right eye on moments of an event or seizure like episode occurs, I have gotten weak or feeling like I was going to lose consciousness or my breathing going shallow, I have HTN but MRI showed ischemic changes but EEG was normal, CT normal so Im not sure of thats something totally different from the Mild OSA but havent got a proper diagnosis either so I have been coping with it when they come as doctors cant give me answers. When I would wake in the am before Id.have horrible headaches and loss of balance before. Doctors cant give me answers and I dont know whats going on internally.

  34. Livingthenightmare with a sleep disorder Reply

    I have been diagnosed with Mild OSA but also developed symptoms that causes groaning, grunting and a moaning sound during sleep. It has made my life miserable because I did have the overnight take home sleep study and do have a CPAP but was told that the machine only picks up certain vibratory sounds. The recordings on the machine I am told looked really good and my numbers are low however I have recorded myself with the CPAP on and I still hear the snoring and loud sounds
    What makes it worse is I live in an apartment complex and I can hear pounding on my wall or floor and I feel bad because but also want it to stop, Im.not doing it intentionally but when the machine is on, you would think its silent but it makes a sound when you inhale and exhale on top of the stages in sleep when you are making sounds that are now disturbing others in your complex. I no longer sleep in my bedroom where the neighbors would pound my wall. Sometimes the sounds are moaning which could be mis interpreted or assumed as something else which is not the case at all. Its embarassing to say the least and disruptive to say the least. Now Im not on the machine some nights as Im trying not to disturb anyone when the machine is on but when its not its louder so damned if I do and damned if I dont. Now the neighbors know Im now in the living room sleeping because of the sounds so they drag their kitchen chairs, slam them and pound their feet to retaliate but asking the resident manager here to mediate is another challenge in itself they don’t see a problem, no one is admitting to the pounding either. Cant break a lease without penalties and cant find a solution. I withheld my rent til I got answers and resolution on the pounding and I get slapped with a late fee and a 3 day pay or vacate notice which was cruel as I always was on time and they took my request as not a problem cause no ones admitting what they are doing. I am so miserable in the complex I am in but also miserable in not finding a solution and the CPAP not being effective which makes life miserable. I rent a 2 bedroom apartment and have resorted to sleeping on the floor in my living room and still dealing with pounding and slamming and dragging chairs and making life hell but the landlord thinking its not a problem. I work from home and before I raised the issue even talking on the phone and typing they would mimic keyboard sounds by tapping or if on a call tapping the vent in the room for.heat from their room to echo it to my unit. Basically they are doing it but the resident manager doesnt do a damn thing so basically they want their money but make basic living and utter nightmare. Im already watching tv with wireless headsets and this is just insane but no matter what I do this sleep disorder is affecting normalcy. What legal options do we have, I have read for some with sleep disorders have gotten evicted on noise complaints even if we are not doing it intentional but we also remedy to fix.these issues we face. My issue is the opposite, I know its effecting the neighbors from their actions but also no one is admitting to it, recording it would not aid if there not knowing where or what unit is making the pounding or deliberate sounds and asking for mediation or peaceful resolution is also thrown out the window. These sleep disorders and living in conditions where its impacting habitable living conditions where its peaceful for all can cause tensions between units and its embarassing to deal with are making when you are a private person and some of these noises could be assumed its something else when moaning sounds are occuring and grunting etc on exhaling on top.of the snoring. ugh!! I wish we had a surgical option to stop all of.this, its a damn nightmare!! Oh, I also had my machine checked out and replaced and changed to a full mask and still recorded myself and I still hear the snoring and sounds occuring when wearing it thru the night so either the machine is not picking up those vibratory sounds or its not doing what it claims to do and based on the actions of my neighbors its not fixing the issues using the CPAP

  35. Sandra Reply

    My husband resently started his groaning during the night. After 30 years together and this starts! Although he doesnt wake from his groaning I do wake up and end up sleeping in another room. It is causing a huge strain on our marriage. Now I find if he falls asleep while watching TV he will start moaning. Its almost as if its being done out of a type of habit. All a sleep study did was tell us they found nothing and gave us a bill for $350.
    Love my husband but not sure if i cant go years dealing with this.

  36. Alyssa Reply

    I’m a 20 year old female. I do this most nights and have been for over a year. Usually within the first few minutes of me falling asleep is when it happens. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes it will wake me up and sometimes I’ll be doing it for like a full minute and won’t stop until my mom bangs on my door and wakes me up. I don’t have any recollection of doing it, either. Unfortunately it can be very embarrassing considering how sexual it sounds (apparently). Because of this I’ve avoided sharing a bedroom with anyone. The weirdest part about it is that since I hold my breath while I’m awake, usually when I’m relaxed/highly concentrating on something, I’ll make the same noise just a lot quieter. It’s almost like a reflex. Has anyone else had a problem with this while they’re awake?

  37. Dawn Reply

    Tim, I am going through the EXACT same issue with my son. On top of the college issue, I am also concerned because he wants to be a firefighter! They sleep in the same room, so this problem could even inhibit his life choices! I’m so scared and worried for him. Already, we’re looking for colleges that have a common area, yet separate rooms as a dorm. PLEASE keep me informed if you hear of suggestions. I’ll keep returning here and will do the same. Just now, however, I ordered nasal openers on Amazon for 11 dollars. We’ll see if that does anything.

  38. Adam Erickson Reply

    I groan in my sleep often and it’s so loud it wakes me up. I have to switch positions or else it will happen again. For me though it happens early in the night only minutes after falling asleep. I too have asthma which may be an issue. Would love to learn more about it.

  39. Tim Reply

    Thank you Tanja –

    I have seen posts about CPAP with some success and some no luck. Would like to hear from others that have tried CPAP…..

  40. Anonymous Reply

    My husband has carathrenia and is so loud all night with groans. It keeps me up the entire night. I need treatment for it, this article suggests “wear ear plugs” but the insides of my ears are rubbed completely raw from nightly earplugs. I have also worn headphones and ear protection used for shooting. It is all uncomfortable to wear and lately makes trying to sleep even worse! It is putting a huge strain on us. Help!

  41. Tanja Reply

    Hi Tim!

    First of all, sorry for my bad english. I’m a 33 year old woman and I’ve had catathrenia all my life. I went to several doctors who didn’t believe that I have sleeping disorder. I’ve always been slim and my only disease is astma.
    About 4 years ago I found a good doctor who listened to me and really took my words seriously. I got a CPAP and my (also my husband’s) sleep got so much better.

    Hope you could try CPAP, it really does the thing!

    Wish you the best,
    Tanja from Finland

  42. Tim Reply

    I am looking for ANY new information on catathrenia. My 17 year old son has been living with the classic symptoms of catathrenia since he was 4 years old and he is planning on attending college next year. We are concerned about his ability to live with others in a dorm setting. As with most catathrenia sufferers, the sleep groaning does not seem to bother my son’s own sleep but it is very problematic for others trying to sleep in the same or adjacent rooms. Over the years my son has had to skip many sleep overs and camps with friends because the groaning is disruptive to others and causes embarrassment to him.

    I have discussed the issue with our pediatrician and I have conducted numerous internet searches and read everything that I can find about the condition and I have not been able to find any information that gives me real hope that the symptoms can be managed or cured. I am reaching out to anyone reading this comment to you to see if you know of anyone that has had any success with treating catathrenia patients or if you know of any new research or findings related to cures?

    Basically, I am looking for ANY suggestions or help that you can offer!

    Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to any replies.

    • Victoria Reply

      Good morning Tim , I see the last reply since 2017 . . Am hoping to know if you found any researches ? Looking forward to your reply !
      In 2017 , I was 19 , I also too have the same issue as your son .
      Still have not found any luck as to why this keeps happening . I’ve changed my food diet multiple times , sleep schedule multiple times , tried stress relievers like working out , taking to to meditate, anything you can think of & it still happens.
      Last night was my final straw .

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