You’re sleeping soundless and couldn’t be more relaxed. You’re dreaming a dream that you can’t quite remember. Then your eyes flash open and a huge wave of panic washes over you. You can’t get your breathing right, your heart is racing, it’s pitch black and you can’t see a thing. You slowly feel like you’re drowning or having a heart attack. A couple of minutes pass, but it feels like an hour has passed. You just had a nocturnal panic attack.

What is a panic attack?

Panic attacks are when an individual has an unexpected wave of fear or terror with little to no warning. Although panic attacks aren’t life-threating, they can make one feel they are having a heart attack or losing control. Some symptoms that may accrue are:

  • Chest pains
  • Difficulty of breathing
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Panic attacks are usually for brief moments, although some symptoms can linger for longer.

Nocturnal Panic Attacks

So what are nocturnal panics attacks? They are just a normal panic attack that happens when one is asleep. Many time they can wake you up. The reason they may wake you up is due to heavy breathing and increase heart rate. The nocturnal panic attack has similar symptoms that can cause to wake you up in the middle of your sleep. This can cause you to feel confusion and lose since of reality.

Nocturnal panic attacks can become a pattern and interrupt your sleeping habits. With these interrupting the sleep cycles this can cause you to feel tired throughout the day and dread going to bed if it has become frequently happening.

How to help?

Getting a full night of sleep is essential to your health. Before going to bed try to become the most relaxed you are. Debrief your day, concentrate on the positives. Try out some yoga or meditation.

If panic attacks become frequent it is best to talk to your health provider.