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Waking up w/ panic attacks


Well I have a new problem 😂🤦🏼‍♀️

For the past 7ish days I’ve been waking up around five times in the middle of the night with panic attacks. Like, I wake up straight into one- shaking, high heart rate, crying, etc. I eventually calm down and go back to sleep, only to wake up again with one. Even when I check my Apple Watch, it says I’m barely getting any deep sleep and it shows the gaps where I’m waking up.

I’m just so exhausted and can’t keep this up. Any suggestions on what might help or how this started? I know I could take a Xanax but I don’t want to end up relying on it to sleep every night. I’m hoping this goes away as quickly as it started lol 😭🤞🏼

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I’m very sorry this is happening to you.

It might be worth a try to take Melatonin.

Nature’s Bounty has a formula with fast dissolve and extended release.

I’ve tried melatonin before but my body doesn’t like it 😭

It makes me really nauseous and actually more awake, the sleepiness doesn’t kick in for around 12 hours

Ugggh....so sorry!

Maybe try a sleep hypnosis?

Check out YouTube.

I never thought of that, thanks!

Lovely28 in reply to SongAndSoul

Hi..do you take any medications for your panic attacks???

laurenlynn in reply to Lovely28

I take pristiq daily and Xanax as needed

Lovely28 in reply to laurenlynn

I too take Xanax when needed and it helps the best

laurenlynn in reply to Lovely28

It does!! And I know it would help me sleep through the night but I don’t want to end up needing Xanax to sleep 😭

I’m starting to think it might be worth the risk though lol I just need real sleep

Hi there sorry to hear you struggling to sleep have you asked your doctor to see if they can suggest any thing that many help I'm unsure of over the counter medicines but can you please let me know if you do try something over the counter any information you can give would be gratefully recieved as I my self have very bad insomnia thank you in advance for any help you can give

laurenlynn in reply to Celtic27

So far I’ve only talked to my therapist. Her advice was meditation before bed (but I still kind of hate meditation lol).

I’ve considered taking over the counter things to help me fall asleep and stay asleep but I’m just so worried that I’ll become dependent on it.

But I’ll definitely let you know if I find something that works! And I hope your insomnia gets better soon 💙

I suffer like this too. What helps me is having positive sensory things near by. When I wake up the first thing I reach for is a soft stuffy, then calming smelling hand/ body cream. I also have a small 15 watt light with a soft colored shade that I can turn on. I have calming meditative music ready to play, on a timer so when I fall asleep it will turn off on its own. I also have ‘prayer beads’ my sister made. They are beautiful beads strung on a string that I can hold & either count or concentrate on all the Positive & good things going well in my life. No madder how rough life is, there is always something positive too. It might just be “I have a home, or my cat loves me” Thinking of those things helps ground me in the moment. I take big breaths with each bead. That breath helps with anxiety and pain. I also always have water and sometimes even have a square of chocolate.

I hope this helps you too. Take care!

I love these ideas, thank you! I think making my space more calming and positive would help a lot

I can't even go to sleep. I can't breathe - I have sleep apnea and a deviated septum so I have a horrible time breathing. I did a sleep study at the hospital and woke up 125 times in one night. I couldn't believe it. Anyway, now I can't go to sleep because I am so anxious that I'm not going to wake up. Last year my sister died. Year before that, my other sister died. I am the last one. I pray for Jesus to forgive my sins. I think we are rewarded according to what we have done here. I haven't lived the right way -- I have been depressed most of my life. I think of all the things I have done wrong, things I should have done for others. I just panic all the time. I know the Bible says we are never alone, Jesus is always with us. My mind won't turn off. I can't take nerve pills as I take pain pills for my back as I need back surgery. That's another thing. My circulation in my leg is not good. Oh, dear, does anyone have thoughts that won't turn off?


I had to get rid of my Apple Watch because just like Facebook and the news; it was providing a lot of info but no answers. Knowing stuff like my sleep patterns and heart rate all the time made me obsess about anything that I thought was outside the norm and my anxiety was higher just because of that.

laurenlynn in reply to jrico65

I have to take mine off every once in a while too for the same reason!

I encourage you to work with your doctor(s) (including a sleep specialist) on taking care of the apnea, deviated septum, and pain. I hope you're able to get at least 30 minutes of exercise and stretching in each day. Maybe you're already seeing a physical therapist? Walking helps me A LOT. So does swimming. A 15 minute hot bath, shower, or hot tub session could help too - if done safely and if you're not pregnant. There are many guided meditation videos on youtube, or apps that you can download to your phone or tablet. I hope your family physician/General Practitioner will help you coordinate your treatment for these issues. Hopefully she will have some recent training on managing them. Be well soon.

Update: 😩😩😩

My boyfriend is now waking up covered in scratches because every time I wake up panicking apparently I grab at him and accidentally claw him. I just want this to stop 😭

I went through this. I was waking numerous times and in some instances they were panic attacks in my sleep. I was getting to scared to go to sleep.

I had to see my GP in the end. I was exhausted. I think mine started because a field mouse had got into our home as we live in a rural area, near fields. We knew the mouse was here but couldn’t find it or didn’t know how many. We got pest control out too.

I had a fear that when I was asleep they would run over my face in the night. Then when the pest control reassured me I was concerned because I didn’t want them to be hurt at the same time. bizarre I know.

I woke up one night couldn’t breath, shaking, sweating, nauseated and crying. I thought I was seriously ill, and my husband took me to A and E. Whilst sitting there I calmed down. I decided to come back home. I still wake up once or twice a night but hope the nocturnal panic attacks stay away now. It is a vile scary feeling.

I wish you the best.

I am currently dealing with this too. I do meditation and use a diffuser for aromatherapy. I also journal because it helps get your thoughts out before you go to sleep.

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