Updated: Jan 7
Waking up with a headache is never fun. Waking up with chest soreness that lasts for a few days is worse. This began happening regularly. In the middle of the night, some nights multiple times, I would wake with this heart racing, adrenaline pumping feeling cursing through my veins. My fists would be clenched up, knuckles white and it happened regularly. After several nights of what looked like eight hours of sleep, my brain and body remained exhausted.
Finally I had it, frustrated with the consistently interrupted sleep and alarming side effects (like constant chest pain). Coming to my awakened state, often my hands and toes were numb like I’d been clenching hand and foot fists until losing circulation. My heart muscle hurt for days on end. Something had to be done about this.
When I came to realize there was a such thing as nocturnal panic attacks, all I wanted to do was get rid of them as soon as possible. Then I realized I wasn't alone!
Below are some symptoms found in a combo of medical advice sites and research including Healthline, Webmd, Mayoclinic, ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), and the NIH (National Institute of Health). Through trial and error I began to figure out what helped me curb these night time panic attacks. You can find out my tips here in this post on how to stop having nocturnal panic attacks.
SYMPTOMS OF NOCTURNAL PANIC ATTACKS
1. Racing heart or palpitations.
2. Feeling weak, faint or dizzy.
3. Tingling or numbness in your extremities.
4. Sense of terror, impending doom, or fear of death.
5. Feeling sweaty, having chills.
6. Chest pains or heaviness in the chest.
7. Difficulty breathing (shortness of breath).
8. Feeling a loss of control.
9. Nausea or abdominal distress.
10. Trembling or shaking.
If you’re suspecting nocturnal (during sleep) panic attacks that might suddenly drive you awake and leave you feeling any of these symptoms, they could be what’s keeping you from feeling well rested after what should be a full night’s sleep. Unfortunately, the effects of any of panic attack, during the day or during sleep, can leave us concerned about our mental health and well-being.
There are things you can do to help! Everyone's body is completely different, so you need to trial and error until you find what works best for you. Click here for more.
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