Wake up in the middle of the night......

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   Posted 3/7/2010 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone woken up in the middle of the night with the sensation of just havinng run a 100k marathon?
...happened to me the other night but managed to control it. Its weird becasue I have been anxiety free for a while. I dont think I am under stress and I am excercising and cut caffeine completely out of my system so, I am unsure what brought it up. Its always good to post here though and vent , since I try to talk to my anxiety free fiancee and well, I just dont think she has any clue what goes on. Anyway, I hope everyone good health :)

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   Posted 3/8/2010 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning,

I think what you may have is nocturnal panic attacks which many people experience.

Nocturnal panic attacks tend to cause sufferers to wake suddenly from sleep in a state of sudden fear or dread for no apparent reason. The duration of nocturnal panic attacks tends to be less than 10 minutes, but it can take much longer to fully calm down for those who experience them.

Relaxation techniques and stress reducing techniques such as meditation and breathing exercises can help immensely. A natural proven way to relax and reduce tension is through regular exercise. In addition, preparing for bedtime and having a pre-ritual such as relaxing, taking a bath and having a calming beverage before sleep can ease tension and anxiety.

Take care and I am glad to know you feel comfortable sharing your concerns here on HW. We are here to support you.


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   Posted 3/8/2010 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I occasionally experience nocturnal pa's, they are extra tough to deal with because there is no obvious stimulus that triggers the attack and it can be frustrating to find ways to avert them. Not to mention, lack of sleep doesn't help overall feeling of wellbeing, I feel for you! You are doing the right things, cutting out caffeine and exercising. Kitts post was spot on though, try to come up with some bedtime ritual to help relax you mentally, you've got the body relaxation down, now its your mind you need to add a little something. My doctor's explanation of nocturnal pa's is that if you're in stress mode all day long then your body finally relaxes enough, that's when the brain experiences the stress in its way. Stinks, but I found that journaling before bed and doing something simple and enjoyable just to get myself unwound really helps prevent them. I hope you find something that works for you, sounds like you're doing a wonderful job with exercise and keeping caffeine intake to a minimum, I wish I could be so dedicated! :)

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   Posted 3/10/2010 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I suffer from these as well and they are definitely no fun i have sublingual ativan to take if i need to....my heart is racing and head just pounding when this happens....keep us posted...lyn

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   Posted 3/10/2010 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm up & down all nite every nite.no biggie i either watch tv or play internet games.....I sleep as I can.

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   Posted 3/10/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had anxiety since 2007.

When I was getting better and stopped having panic attacks in the day. I started to have them in the middle of the night.
And no reason I could think of for them.

What I did was to ask my hubby to calmly tell me that I was having a panic attack and that I should go back to sleep.
He then went back to sleep.

That method has helped me a lot, I don't run out of bed any more thinking I am about to die turn
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CD/UC they don't know witch October 2008
Autoimmune Hepatitis in July 2009

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   Posted 3/11/2010 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
It is great you can talk yourself out of the npattacks...that is a really fantastic tool imho....lyn

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   Posted 3/12/2010 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,

I was wondering if anybody has ever felt the following..

for about 2 weeks out of the month (on average) it feels like im just having one big anxiety episode. I have been taking xanax since 2000 and although I try to take way less than the prescribed amount, I notice that during these "episodes" im reaching for my xanax around the clock. The hardest part about this is the lack of sleeping...I have been waking up out of nowhere 2-3 hours after I initially fall asleep and the only way I can calm down and get back to sleep is if I take another xanax. I feel very short of breath often and its very hard to catch my breath. I absolutely loathe my dependency to xanax but when its 3am and I cant sleep and have to be up in 4 hours, I dont know what to do...I have even cut caffeine out of my routine drastically and I am an athlete so I'm not really sure what other steps to take...I dont even want to have dinner in an intimate setting or have to talk to somebody one-on-one because im just trying to catch my breath the whole time! ugh, anybody??

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   Posted 3/12/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there n welcome to the site..i hv gone thru this and started going thru it again just recently am being alone alot n just starting to get health back on track...i like snowy just sleep when i can and i take sublingual ativan when really bad..i dont like being alone as i am totally deaf and have many fears going on...have you had yourself checked out though with the doc and perhaps respiratory specialist....i find i can sometimes calm self down n go back to sleep if i hv a hot milk and tell mysel its okay n i am okay..it is scary but there are ways to get thru this..u can always come here n post at night there is normally someone one...and i would get total check up if it were i ...keep us posted n again welcome..lyn
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