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Middle of the night panic attacks

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PPanc12

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Hi guys,
I am 21 and i've been dealing with generalized anxiety and panic attacks for about 6 years now. I do sometimes have very severe panic attacks, where I would end up calling an ambulance. They mostly involves my heart skipping, dizzyness and hyperventialtion, trouble breathing, sometimes I feel uncontrolable spasms ( mainly in my face muscles). These days Xanax and duloxetine is keeping my in a pretty good states. Although im feeling generally okay I still have a lot of trouble sleeping. I often have panic attacks in the middle of the night, even thoug through out the day i feel good. I often wake up with my heart racing and trouble breathing. Another observation is that every single time when i masturbate before going to sleep i have a panic attack in the middle of the night. This is pretty weird for me, since i have done an extensive screening of my health in the last year to crossout any underlying medical condition ( Brain tomography, elctromyography, EKG, echokardiography, holter EKG, spirometry, allergy tests, glucose tolerance test and all sorts of blood tests) and everything seems good.Do you guys have any suggestions for why this might happen? Do you also have such experiences?
 
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For some reason the nighttime is also associated with higher anxiety for me. Full on panic attacks have been rare in my life, though they have definitely happened in very big ways. I don't sleep well, and these days when I wake up in the middle of the night I feel very afraid for no visible reason and sometimes also like I am being "watched." I can identify with the racing heart, trouble breathing, and disorientation/dizziness. Also, if I wake up in the morning and it's still dark out, I tend to get a feeling of dread, anxiety, and unease. Usually though if I do deep breathing exercises or just get up and start my morning routines the anxiety starts to go away, even if it doesn't completely disappear. Morning routines have been really critical for moving through my anxiety. Usually I get up write for a little, meditate, take my shower, and take the dog for a walk, and I try to be as present as possible when I do those things, rather than thinking about the whole day ahead of me.
 
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I just wanted to offer some support as well, as I have just recently been getting a lot of nighttime panic attacks. I just started a new anxiety medication and I have woken up from a panic attack almost every single night. It does not make for a very comfortable sleep. I have heard that if we are harbouring some troubling emotions in our bodies than we can express these emotions in our sleep. However, I have had anxiety for 5 years (well diagnosed with anxiety) and I have only just recently been experiencing these panic attacks. The only things that I have found helps a little bit is drinking a lot fo water before bed, even though that means i'm up to go to the bathroom, but I find if I'm dehydrated waking up I can feel more anxious upon waking. I also try to read before bed instead of being on my phone or in front of a screen. I wish there was a switch we could touch to turn these panic attacks off.
 
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Hi!

Here's what I experienced, but as a disclaimer, I am not a doctor. You should always discuss medication issues with a doctor. You should always consult with a doctor before beginning or ending any medication. But, for me, Xanax made my panic attacks worse.

When I was on Xanax I would wake up in a panic attack. The only times in my life that I would wake up in the morning and automatically have a panic attack was on Xanax.

When I was institutionalized and not allowed Xanax (the facility I was in did not allow narcotics- a cross between a psychiatric hospital and a prison) it was explained to me by a doctor there that my brain would always adapt to whatever medication I was taking, and compensate for the new chemicals. So if I was to take Xanax, my brain would then rely less on it's own ability to calm me, and just depend on the medication to always be there.

I want to stress that the pharmaceutical companies that sell these medication have a lot of power. I've done a google search and can't find any articles on a link between Xanax and panic attacks, but I really did only just do a google search. Xanax is linked to insomnia and suicide in some patients. I absolutely loved Xanax for the high, I believed I couldn't grocery shop without it for ages, but ultimately the night time panic attacks went away when I switched to non-narcotic medications to manage my CPTSD symptoms.

This was my experience. In no way am I a doctor. Please speak with your doctor before beginning or ending any psychiatric medication.
 
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Lightlycoloring96

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I am moved to share my perspective on anxiety. When dealing with our body’s nervous system we must take into account what triggers these receptors to release adrenaline into our bodies. Every case may be unique and hold its own circumstance but when we realize that it is a signal for us to take true care of.. as in we all have different triggers but they all are triggers from the same source.. the fruits from and of pain. Seems pretty generalized I know but if we can see that we all share from this source of anxiety then we can begin to feel not as lonely or ostracized by our conditions. What causes pain if it is found in hot temperatures and cold ones as well? Pain from my experience is from a lack of knowing.. a lack of care for an aspect of our lives and of our journeys. There is something hidden that is begging to come to light. Light may be viewed as state of sight.. but the definition of light is: a natural agent that illuminates one’s VISION. Now Vision is defined as: the state of knowing; being in the gnosis. Which means light can be redefined as: a natural agent that illuminates one’s gnosis or one’s state of knowing. There is something within us that is in the dark and begs to be acknowledged and wants its truth to be heard for the sake of all of us so that we all may learn by receiving its light! Here is a poem that touched me today and moved me to come and find a forum to do my devotee duties for today. I as well have been here and am here to let everyone know that it is a temporary as we deem it to be. Medicine will not destroy the storm but it will just hell is avoid it.. thus the storm obviously will remain.. may light be in all of you throughout your individual walks! The title of this poem lead me here its called
“Wake Up”. Enjoy!
Wake up
 
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Lightlycoloring96

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I am moved to share my perspective on anxiety. When dealing with our body’s nervous system we must take into account what triggers these receptors to release adrenaline into our bodies. Every case may be unique and hold its own circumstance but when we realize that it is a signal for us to take true care of.. as in we all have different triggers but they all are triggers from the same source.. the fruits from and of pain. Seems pretty generalized I know but if we can see that we all share from this source of anxiety then we can begin to feel not as lonely or ostracized by our conditions. What causes pain if it is found in hot temperatures and in cold temperatures as well? Pain from my experience is from a lack of knowing.. a lack of care for an aspect of our lives and of our journeys. There is something hidden that is begging to come into light. Light may be viewed as state of sight.. but the definition of light is: a natural agent that illuminates one’s VISION. Now Vision is defined as: the state of knowing; being in the gnosis. Which means light can be redefined as: a natural agent that illuminates one’s gnosis or one’s state of knowing. There is something within us that is in the dark and begs to be acknowledged and wants its truth to be heard for the sake of all of us so that we all may learn by receiving its light! Here is a poem that touched me today and moved me to come and find a forum to do my devotee duties for today. I as well have been here and I know very well the density of depression and of anxiety. Now I am far from my ideal state of being but I am rest assured that I am in my way for I have rediscovered a key that from my own personal walk has given me a mystical experience where I now am here to let everyone know that conditions are a ma temporary as we deem it to be. We actually have the power if we just let it run it’s course by not resisting and then fully observe what is its reasons for seeking our attention...it solely relies on you for its survival. It cannot exist if you do not feed it with forms of fear sadness, anger, or ignorance. Medicine will not destroy the storm but it will just help us avoid it.. thus the storm obviously will and must remain.. may light be in all of you throughout your individual walks! The title of this poem lead me here its called
“Wake Up”. Enjoy!
Wake up
 
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Floris654321

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I always have a routine if I wake up in the night. First I open my window. Then I distract myself by watching YouTube for example and I get myself a water bottle. When I try to sleep again I put my headphones on and listen to music. Music is really calming I learned that on this course for panic attack help
 
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I've woken up a lot in the past two nights, I'm not sure why but I've felt anxious constantly and maybe that is the reason?
 
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