Good to see you posting here and I hope we are able to offer you the support and understanding you need.
I believe what you are experiencing is known as 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.
The causes of nocturnal panic attacks are similar to those of panic attacks that happen in your daily life. These anxiety attacks occur due to exceedingly high levels of stress that your mind can’t deal with. Your subconscious doesn’t differentiate between real attacks and imagined, so if imagined vividly enough it feels real. This is why the violent symptoms precipitate during the attacks.
I used to wake up in the middle of the night in full blown panic but learned to shut down my "what if?" thoughts and worries once I hit the bed as bedtime is for rest and I cannot deal with my problems in the middle of the night. Also I daydream myself to sleep with only dreams of wonderful things happening in my life.
Try to let go of all your worries at bedtime and trust that you will be OK.
Keep posting here with us as we know where your coming from and what your going through.
I wish you peace,
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
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