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Waking up in a panic attack?
« on: May 05, 2014, 01:29:07 AM »
For the past month or so I have been waking up in the middle of the night in a panic. I will wake up and feel short of breath with a racing heart beat. It always scares me and I can't really sleep good for the rest of the night because of the fright. I usually never have panic attacks when I am at home, since it is my comfort zone. So this is new to me. Does anyone else experience this? If so, what do you do to calm yourself down?
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Re: Waking up in a panic attack?
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014, 05:15:33 AM »
I tend to use a radio over night. Just that something else I can focus on. Take my mind off of myself. But visit you tube and look up some breathing videos. Learning how to calm yourself down. Then try and put them to good use. It may take time to learn. But it is well worth the effort. The worse thing we can do is focus inwardly. Only makes us worse. Hence the radio. A form of distraction.
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Re: Waking up in a panic attack?
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2014, 07:49:47 AM »
Yes, I agree it's impotantto have a distractiion and the worst thing is inward thinking.  Have something on your nightstand you can count on, like a Ipod forsome music with earphones (especially if you've gotsomeone else in the bed wih you and you on't wantto wake them up.)  Or a book anda little nightlite.

Good luck to you.  You will get better with courage and pereverane.

Julie
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Re: Waking up in a panic attack?
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2014, 08:30:55 AM »
One thing I've always done when awaken at night with panic is start counting backwards VERY SLOWLY, from 100.....makes me slow down and also makes me think of the backwards counting, therefore distracting me....give it a try, it may work for you too!  Good luck!!
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Re: Waking up in a panic attack?
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2014, 01:02:26 PM »
Thanks for the advice guys! Great tips!
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