Originally Posted by JohanWJoubert
In my case, I realized that I started to roll towards air much too late. My recovering hand was already nearly stretched - I think I unconsciously waited for that "stretched" feeling to naturally force my body into the roll. This late roll resulted in an uneven stroke (because I NEEDED the air!) and still being out of breath.
With deliberate attention, I then tried to start roll with my core as soon as my recovery hand entered the water. This gave me much more time to breath, relaxing me.
That's a good explanation. I've been focusing on stopping the breath earlier, which sounds strange but seems to work. It seems like the coordinating the breath is a common problem for our ilk.