Things You Need To Know About Nocturnal Panic Attacks

Have you ever experienced shivering in panic in the middle of the night? Then you may have experienced a form of nocturnal panic attack. It has the potential of disrupting daily life as it lowers the quality. Nocturnal panic attacks may not immediately cause disruptions in your life but if it is left unattended or untreated there is no telling what damage or harm it can do to your life.

Is it a common thing?

If all of a sudden you wake up in the middle of the night shivering in fear without apparent reason, then you may be suffering from nocturnal panic attacks. It is something that would not be a cause for alarm if it happened once or twice. But if the frequency of the panic attacks have increased to the point that it is causing a lot of disruptions in sleep then you should already be sounding the alarm. While it is scary, nocturnal panic attacks are pretty much common and more than half of people that are suffering from panic disorder will have at least an episode of the attack usually around two in the morning.

Why does the attack happen?

That is a good question. A lot of people are struggling to get some answers why they are being bothered by panic attacks in the middle of their nightly sleep. There is not much information that is available about how nocturnal panic attacks really works. Scientists have yet to figure it out. What we do know that the symptoms that are experienced during the night are pretty much the same with attacks that happen during the day. It is best to focus on the question what is happening and what are the ways to get relief from this debacle.

How to work with the attack?

When going up against panic attacks it makes sense to work with it instead of against it. Since there is no substantial information about how and why this panic attack happens it is best to embrace it, dampen the effects of the attacks and bring it to a minimum. The coping mechanisms for nocturnal panic attacks include acceptance and realization and not resistance. It would help doctors to figure out the treatment if you maintain a panic diary to document the events before and after the attack.

How to respond with the attack?

The best way to deal with the attack when you are suddenly awakened is to take time to realize what happen. But be wary not to spend a lot of time thinking about what happened because it will cause you to lose the appetite to sleep. Never treat a nocturnal panic attack similar to a nightmare because it is not.

How do I go back to sleep?

When you feel drowsy immediately go to bed. Do not entertain any negative thoughts and focus in getting yourself back to the sack. A good relaxation exercise can help you get to the zone and make you ready to go back to sleep.

You can’t make yourself go back to sleep similar to flicking a switch. You need to simulate the right ambience and atmosphere to induce sleep. Allow sleep to happen and never force yourself to do a thing even if you are already too sleepy to finish it.

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