Panic Attacks Can Also Occur At Night

Panic attacks can also occur at night

Panic attacks are characterized by the intense malaise, full of fear, that they induce.

They can occur at any time, so they are often unexpected. Furthermore, there is usually no direct and obvious cause identifiable by the sufferer. 

In a way, it is as if our body feels threatened without there being any real danger. It reacts as if the greatest of our fears have manifested itself.

Logically, our mind cannot understand anything: “Why? What triggered all this? I was quiet, and all of a sudden I find myself feeling this. I do not understand anything”.

Our head does not understand this unexpected and unpredictable reaction of the body.

It is the scariest thing.

Panic attacks come into our life without warning

One of the feelings that we least tolerate, even if there are great differences from person to person, is uncertainty.

The unpredictability. With panic attacks, a lack of resources to predict them or to trace them often causes more anxiety than the attacks themselves.

Pensive woman

When we are in the midst of a panic attack, the physiological sensations that accompany what is happening to us are different, such as palpitations or sweating of the hands and other areas of the body. On an emotional level, it is normal for the fear of dying, fainting, losing control or going insane to appear.

We are filled with fears that can get us to paralyze completely.

Chest pain may also appear, we may feel dizzy, feel a feeling of suffocation and difficulty in breathing, feel nauseous … Sometimes it also appears 

a feeling of unreality that pervades us completely:

this is precisely one of the experiences that most disturb us in a panic attack.

The feeling of unreality appears frequently in nocturnal panic attacks

It is as if we came out of our body and observed it from the outside.

We wait while we observe our body from an external observation point: a sensation that is often experienced with enormous terror.

Girl lying on the ground

But what happens when we go to sleep? Presumably, it is a moment of calm,

where we can put aside worries: we hide them and put them aside. At least until we return to our dormant consciousness.

The truth, however, is that panic attacks can take hold of us even at night,

without notifying. Daytime panic attacks can at least be predicted in some way: there are signs we can begin to observe and are aware of. We can seclude ourselves in a safe place or, for example, get out of the crowded place in which we find ourselves.

Waking up in a panic attack is overwhelming and violent

Nighttime panic attacks are completely unpredictable. They usually happen during REM sleep: for this reason, we don’t realize it until we wake up.

This awakening is always violent and occurs very abruptly.

Sometimes, when the body builds up a lot of anxiety, it’s like it explodes, and it does so through panic attacks. Some people experience very high levels of stress and manifest them through night attacks, just when they let their guard down. This is the reason for the surprise and terror of those who experience these attacks in the middle of the night.

We wake up terrified, we don’t understand what’s happening to us.

The seconds become eternal, anguish is mixed with a feeling of strangeness and unreality because of what has happened.

We can prevent nocturnal panic attacks with good sleep hygiene

The way to treat this nighttime anxiety starts with unresolved daytime anxiety:

it is very important to work on this “phobia” that can appear every time the day ends and we have to go into the bedroom, since nighttime panic attacks are the ones that cause the fear of sleep that we will have to fight.

Girl on a bench

With good sleep hygiene, we will create and consolidate better sleep habits.

We will eliminate everything that disturbs us by going to sleep, starting with dinner (or the second supper) that we have just before bedtime, up to the vision of films or series that leave us an unpleasant feeling that is sometimes assimilated into the body just before closing. the eyes.

We can always take preventative measures to say goodbye to nighttime panic attacks.

Nonetheless, it is important not to forget that most of them depend on the level of stress, anguish or anxiety we face in our daily life. If we pause to observe what happens during the day, we could find very valid clues to fight these sudden attacks that attack us like monsters at night.

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