Around 10 years ago, I was watching a Mets baseball game at home and suddenly became aware of my breathing. Throughout the whole game I had to consciously make myself breathe in and out. Eventually I must have gotten tired and went to sleep and had forgotten about the whole incident by the next morning. About seven years later I was driving on the New Jersey Turnpike and the same thing happened. By the time I had reached my destination, again, I had forgotten about the incident. However, about a month ago I awoke and suddenly was aware of my breathing again, and since then I have had to basically make myself breathe in and out. I know this must sound very strange, but it is true. I was surprised to find out others also have gone through the same thing. Just google “aware of breathing.” Obviously, I have no explanation for this.
As you can imagine, this has made it very hard to enjoy such simple things as watching TV or listening to music. On a few occasions I became so engrossed in something I was doing that my breathing returned to normal. But after this, it reverted back to the same old thing. I have difficulty going to sleep, but once I do, I breathe normally. This indicates to me that there is nothing physically wrong with me. But as soon as I wake up, I have to breathe for myself again. I have been to the emergency room twice. They both checked my lungs, and I had a chest x-ray. All things are normal in that regard.
Anyone with a similar experience and what they did about it?