Nocturnal Panic Attacks

I never knew it was possible to have a panic attack in your sleep. 

For the past week or so, I’ll be peacefully asleep and the next thing I know I’m being woken up because I’m having a panic attack. The first few nights it happened I didn’t really think much of it, but then it kept happening. Sometimes it’ll happen twice a night. After I get woken up from it I won’t be able to fall asleep for a few hours. I’ve lost a lot of sleep. It’s getting to the point where I’m scared to fall asleep for fear that I’ll have one.

It goes like this: I’ll fall asleep just like I always do, nothing out of the ordinary. Then an hour or two after I fall asleep I’ll get woken up from a panic attack. I’ll be covered in sweat, shaking, crying, heart racing, just like a normal panic attack but the only difference is that it starts while I’m sleeping. Honestly it feels 10 times worse than a normal panic attack.

I haven’t been doing anything differently… I’ve been eating regularly, taking care of myself, exercising and drinking the right amount of water each day. I haven’t had any reoccurring nightmare or anything like that. The only thing I could think of is my anxiety, but I’ve been dealing with anxiety for years now and I’ve never been waking up because of panic attacks before.

If any of you have experienced this let me know and what do you do to relax yourself when it happens? Also, how do you make it stop? I’m getting really tired of this continuing to happen.








16 thoughts on “Nocturnal Panic Attacks”

  1. This happened to me. It was so scary. Someone told me to stop caffeine. I no longer have any caffeine. Gradually the panic attacks stopped. All the best for you!

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  2. I did not really know what panic attacks until about a year ago. I was sleeping and had a weird dream … I was on a subway train going to airport. The train was pretty much falling apart … windows were broken, lights not working, and so on. I couldn’t figure out which stop I need to get off because everything was in a foreign language. When I did get to the airport, I there was only standing room on the plane. WEIRD. I woke up thinking … there is something wrong … I don’t know what, but something bad is about to happen. I few of those every week. But I thought logically … I understood that those were panic attacks. I knew that it takes some time to calm down, so I just watched Netflix r played games on my phone until I was ready to sleep.
    I am guessing it was because dosage for my meds was way off. Eventually doctors got it figured out. I rarely have those now. may be once a month. I hope everything will get sorted out for you. All the best!

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