i used to get panic attacks in my sleep but cant remember when the last was it was that long ago i had bad dreams when i was having the attack and would be trying to wake myself up really frightning i tend to have them while awake now :|
I have sleep apnea and never wake up gasping for air but that doesn't mean you don't have it. I'd suggest talking to a doctor about what you're experiencing and see what they think, maybe they can set you up with a sleep specialist to see if you have sleep apnea or some other sleeping disorder.
I sometimes have the same problem. It could either be sleep apnea or anxiety attacks. If you look up nocturnal panic attacks you might be able to find some information on it. Do you ever have the same problem just as you are waking up? I get both kinds.
Since you have already had panic attacks while falling asleep you may be afraid to fall asleep which in turn leads to a panic attack. It's a vicious cycle.
I'm on lexapro which has reduced the number of nocturnal panic attacks significantly. I'm not afraid of falling asleep anymore.
If you feel anxiety isn't the problem, it could also be sleep apnea.
Wow. I thought I was losing my mind and thank god i've found this forum. I cant sleep now and i've been up since 630 am , the time now is 320am. im tired. exhausted and all i want is a goooooood sleep. it sucks when u know how having a good sleep feels awesome and now u just have this ridiculous fear of sleeping. im so mentally exhausted i cant even think straight and type properly but i just need to get it off my chest.
my panic attacks started around october last year. im turning 21 in a few days' time by the way . when i had my first panic attack, i thought i had lung problems cos i was smoker back then. then when my heart started to pound i instintively thought i had heart problems. blah blah blah went to the doctor's , had ecg and blood tests AND ohhh nothing abnormal. i didnt even know what a panic attack was back then but whatever i went through was nasty. felt like i was gonna die and felt like i was really going crazyyyy.
Its frustrating for me cos im a student so i need good sleep to cope with school. i started exercising last year a few weeks after my first panic attack and hey it did work. i felt better emotionally as well.
I started school this year and everything was fine and dandy until a month later the same thing happened! i was sleeping soundly for a couple of hours but i woke up suddenly , taking in a looong breath, like as though i was drowning and i was gasping for air. i hated those episodes. i pitied my grandma though cos i had to ask her to calm me down and it did work. but on the same nite i didnt dare go to sleep for fear of experiencing the same episode. on the same day in school i feared sitting in the lecture theatre for fear of having the panic attacks i guess cos i was sitting still. i realise keeping myself occupied keeps my mind off of these ridiculous thoughts of panic attacks.
im on my holiday now and it started again last week. but i manage to kick it away. and now again. started yesterday morning where i was sleeping at 330 am but at 630 am i was woken up cos i 'forgot to inhale' whatever that was. then panic attack again................ ughh! it sucks when i cant control what i was feeling.
so now, im awake but tired cos at about 30 minutes ago i tried going to sleep but as i was dozing off i ' forgot to exhale' so i decided to just get up and get online and OH HELLOO IM NOT ALONE
i hope there's a cure to this. its weird when i exercise to basically i can handle stress and anxiety kinda well. i just want my sleep back. hope someone out there;s still awake