Panic Attacks While Sleeping
For many people, it is not at all unusual to experience panic attacks while sleeping, or when first waking in the morning. These types of panic attacks can be confusing, and is it may seem like a panic attack happened "out of the blue," and was not provoked by any particular event.
In reality though, panic attacks while sleeping are most commonly a symptom of excessive stress during the day. For example, some people wake up with panic attacks in the middle of the night after a dramatic change in their life, such as moving to another part of the country, starting a new job, or the loss of a close friend, loved one, or pet.
Rarely, an individual may experience panic attacks while sleeping and remain unaware of any external stress or anxiety during the day. In these cases, is most likely that the individual is repressing anxious feelings in their day-to-day life. When we don't allow our emotions to flow freely during the day, they can sometimes express themselves at night in the form of nightmares, night terrors, or panic attacks while sleeping.
But the important thing to remember about panic attacks, whether they happen during the day, or while you are sleeping, is that they are a SYMPTOM, not a condition. Panic attacks are symptoms of an imbalance in your life, a build up of anxiety and stress.
And while panic attacks themselves are not normally physically harmful, the terror that a person can feel from experiencing panic attacks while sleeping can be very real, and even cause a variety of physical stress-related pains, headaches, and muscle soreness, particularly in the shoulders and back
Of course panic attacks at night also interrupt our normal sleeping patterns, and can prevent us from getting an adequate night's rest. Some people will even become so fearful of having another attack, that they may fear going to bed at all, which can lead to a chronic insomnia problem.
Unfortunately, the more insomnia a person experiences, the more likely it is that they will also have panic attacks, leading to a vicious cycle of panic and sleeplessness that can quickly escalate into a very unpleasant -- an unhealthy -- situation.
But there are proven methods to reduce and even eliminate panic attacks. Programs such as the EasyCalm series, for example, provide step-by-step exercises to reduce the root causes of anxiety and panic attacks. By dealing with the root causes of panic attacks, an individual is far more likely to rid themselves of the problem than by simply "medicating the symptoms."
The EasyCalm series is a proven natural method that provides a clear path out of the maze of insomnia, panic attacks and anxiety. So if you're experiencing panic attacks while sleeping, remember, panic attacks are a symptom of anxiety, not a "condition" unto themselves and they can be cured only by getting to the core of the anxiety problem.
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