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Nocturnal surges?

Anyone else experience surges at night . Mine are difficult to describe , but it's like being buzzed or shocked awake mine occur usually two-three hours after sleeping . I've been experiencing them for about 3 weeks now atleast .

Mine also follow a period of breathlessness, racing heart , some discomfort from the surge and it's usually almost impossible to fall back to sleep . Anyone else have this or similar .

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Hi Miami305,

What you are describing are nocturnal panic attacks.

Panic attacks are already immensely stressful events. During a panic attack, you feel like everything is going wrong at once. You experience powerful physical sensations that often mimic heart attacks and more serious illnesses, and you find yourself left with considerable anxiety and fear that leaves you completely drained and fearing the next attack.

When you have panic attacks at night, also known as nocturnal panic attacks, you often wake up in the middle of the night believing something horrible is happening. It's a terrifying experience - arguably worse than a daytime panic attack - and unlike regular panic attacks, you can't even see it coming.

There are other physical causes like obstructive sleep apnea, GERD, also known as "acid reflux disease," hyperventilation disorder & frequent nightmares.

I recommend this link to the Calm Clinic which discusses what it is and what you can do when fear and the night combine. Also includes a scientifically based anxiety test - completely free (takes no more than 7 minutes). After completing it, you will find out whether your anxiety is within "normal range," which parts are out of balance and, most importantly, how to proceed with beating your symptoms. It is made specifically for anxiety sufferers



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