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Panic attacks while sleeping

When a panic attack happens at night, the person would doanything just to sleep it over, which is rarely possible because they are afraid thatit might happen again if they fall asleep. Besides the inability to move any partof the body and feeling of suffocation, several other symptoms are typical ofpanic attacks that happen overnight or while sleeping. Some of them areshortness of breath, feeling that the person is about to die or that they have somedeadly disease, and nausea, vomiting, headache, rapid heart rate, pain in theback and a few other physical symptoms. When talking about the causes, it is muchbetter to talk about the factors that might contribute to the occurrence ofnight panic attacks, although they are more or less the same as factors that contributeto their appearance during the day (worries, stress, loss of a job or a lovedone, and other stressful events). It is believed that they tend to occur atnight as well because while sleeping, the control over the mental state isunconsciously lost, which results in the accumulation of negative thoughts inthe mind of the sufferer. People who are at higher risk of experiencingnocturnal panic attacks are those who suffer from hyperthyroidism,hypoglycemia, mitral valve prolapse, heart attack or stroke. It is not unusualthat women who are pregnant experience panic attacks at night, but this happensdue to many changes that they go through, as well as due to anxiety that pregnancytends to give rise to.

How to deal with panic attacks while sleeping?

When it comes to dealing with panic attacks during night, somebasic pieces of advice consist of the following:

First of all, the person needs to be aware that the attackis the cause of awakening.Once the person becomes aware of the panic attack, it isrecommended not to get out of the bed right away, because it might aggravatethe condition. Instead, it is better to stay in bed.Deep breathing will bring more oxygen in the body andrefresh it, and after some time, the person should feel that the severity ofthe attack is slowly reducing.It is necessary to exercise on regular basis and to avoidcaffeine and alcohol as much as possible, as well as watching television beforefalling asleep. Instead, it is better to try to relax the body and the mind beforefalling asleep.

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