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Talking Panic attacks while sleeping. - December 15th 2015, 07:18 PM

I am soooo anxious for no reason. I seriously have not one reason to be. Anyways, I have panic attacks in my "dreams" does anyone else have these? My panic attacks are really bad, I get to the point where I can't breathe well feel like I cant. So does anyone else get this way? Also, I am trying to break away from my sh issues. So any ideas on how to cope with this??

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Re: Panic attacks while sleeping. - December 15th 2015, 08:54 PM

I don't always get them right in my sleep but a lot of times I will wake up with a panic attack and I'll have a night terror because of them. Other times I'll wake up crying.

I think it would help if you did some things to reduce your anxiety before going to sleep. You could benefit from keeping a schedule of things to do before sleeping if you don't already have one. Coloring or drawing reduces anxiety and you can do that before you go to bed. You can also read to keep distracted. You can do some breathing exercises, listen to music or nature sounds, put on some hand lotion, or anything you find calming. If you have some calming items you should consider keeping those by your bedside. You can also keep a journal to document any nightmares you have. If you are able to wake yourself up during the panic attack, I suggest putting a light on and taking a few deep breaths to steady your breathing. It's really important to focus on your breathing when you're struggling with anxiety.

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Re: Panic attacks while sleeping. - December 16th 2015, 05:18 AM

Yeah I get that way, I always wake up in the middle of the night freaking out because my room is too dark and I cannot see and feeling like I'm trapped in a room. But the best thing you should do is to try not to think about it, read a book at night, play your favorite game just something to get your mind off of it before going to bed.
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Re: Panic attacks while sleeping. - December 16th 2015, 05:51 AM

Hello Kaliope!

I do suggest reading a nice calming book right before you sleep as the sort of material/information that your brain absorbs right before you sleep will certainly influence your dreams, as well as your state of mind within the dreams itself. Dreaming is a profound world that is hard to control.. but the happier/calmer you are when you enter a dream, the more probably that the dream itself will be happy or positive.

I hope this helps and sweet dreams!

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