panic attacks while you are sleeping

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   Posted 11/8/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I had a lot of them.
I have been okey for a long time but last night I woke up in a panic :(
This is so uncomfortable because when I have panic attack during the day I can feel it coming
but while I am a sleep I just wake up in full blown panic attack.

Does anyone else get this and what do you do about it ?
25 year old female
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Endometriosis march 2007
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And now they think I have Lupus :S

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   Posted 11/8/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and sorry to hear you are having attacks while sleeping. Here is a link to a similar thread:

Hope the info is helpful for you.


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   Posted 11/11/2009 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   

It hasnt happened in a long time, but I used to be deeply asleep and then BAM! wake up with a massive full blown panic attack- adrenalin racing through my body. Do not know what triggered them, but I have been there for sure.

All the best,

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   Posted 11/11/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
This happens to me, and there seems to be three distinct triggers for it:

1. Dreams. I don't really have nightmares but if I have an odd dream that makes me uncomfortable, I could wake up in either a panic or high-anxiety state.
2. Daytime naps. For some reason I cannot sleep during the day; if I do, the odds are good that I will wake up in a state of shear terror. It usually doesn't last long but it's intense.
3. I have this weird problem with acid reflux or something. Sometimes I will inhale something while sleeping, and of course that's not good. Happened to me last night actually and I woke up somewhere between panic and absolutely terrified. Within a few minutes I was a lot better but the anxiety lingers and keeps me awake for a while after one of those experiences.

Aside from not sleeping during the day, there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it. I happens infrequently enough that I'm not afraid to sleep or anything. In fact it would be very rare if not for the acid reflux thing, which has happened two or three times during the last couple weeks. Before this that hadn't happened to me for many months. Not sure what causes it but I assume it will go away.

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   Posted 11/11/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
when i had panic disorder for a very long time i eventually had a sleep study that showed i had sleep apnea.. i would wake up in a panic but the sleep study showed that i was actually having an apnea episode.. just a thought..when my anxiety was at its highest i would suffer from sleep paralysis too where your woken up out of a dead sleep and you cant move talk scream yell anything but your awake.. are you on your back when you wake up? if you are try falling alseep on your side with a pillow propped behind you to make you stay on your side..

good luck
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   Posted 11/12/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
AmyTX, sleep paralysis, I never knew there was a name for it! I have had that since the age of 16 and it freaks me out. I did figure that it was easier to deal with if I didn't sleep on my back. Is this really such a thing, or just a name that you came up for it. :-)
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