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   Posted 8/17/2010 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Every night without fail I wake up between 2:00 and 3:00 am and the anxiety symptoms start to build. From the start they are so severe I can not get back to sleep. Then over the next 3 or 4 hours they greatly increase so by morning I am ready to run  screaming down the street. Then the daily battle begins......
Does anyone else have these 3:00 am wakings. It does not matter what time I go to bed it is always the same wake-up time.

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   Posted 8/17/2010 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning James,
I suspect you may be experiencing nocturnal anxiety.

Anxiety attacks that take place while sleeping, also called nocturnal panic attacks, occur less often than do panic attacks during the daytime, but affect about 40%-70% of those who suffer from daytime panic attacks. Nocturnal panic attacks tend to cause sufferers to wake suddenly from sleep in a state of sudden anxiety for no apparent reason and can have all the other symptoms of a panic attack. 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.

Try to relax in the evening before bedtime.  Watch a funny movies, avoid discussing stressful topics, do not eat late in the evening and remember to use all the skills you have used in dealing with your anxiety.

Always remember that anxiety attacks can be controlled; it helps to maintain a positive attitude, control your anxiety attacks don't let them control you.

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   Posted 8/17/2010 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi James, I know that feeling all to well. Actually my first experience with a panic attack was one of this type...and I was a kid so I was terrified. Usually, for me, after I calm down a bit I fall back to sleep because my panic attack usually make me very tired. I don't have them that often so I can't tell you that I have my own technique for coping with this but I just wanted to let you know that I have experienced this too so your not alone.
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   Posted 8/17/2010 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
When I was on Traznodone, I would have terrible nightmares and would wake up in a state of panic nearly every night right around 2 or 3am. It was so hard to get back to sleep and once I did the alarm would ring. After going of the Traznodone, I still wake up during the night but only for a hour or less.

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   Posted 8/19/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree with Kitt on this
i am on trazadone but i will sleep soundly for about 4 5 hrs and awake in panic due to being alone in house now i believe
i keep myself calm n do most of all what was posted by Kitt and i usually can drift back off...once i hv calmed self down with breathing techniques as well
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   Posted 8/20/2010 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, this happens alot. A few things I do to combat it are:

1) Try to get to bed as early as possible. If I go to bed around 9pm or so, I'll usually log about 5 or 6 hours of sleep before I inevitably wake up in a panic. When I go to bed later, I usually only log 3 or 4 before waking up.

2) I don't like this at all, but sometimes I will take half an ambien to put me back to sleep. I don't like sleeping meds, but I have a job and have to function which requires a good night's sleep.

3) Meditation or yoga helps alot before bed too. Sometimes will keep me from waking up at all.

Hope you feel better soon!
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