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Panic Attacks While Sleeping: How Does It Happen?

By Carolyn Miller

The mind is such a powerful thing, so powerful that it does not stop working. Just like the heart, they work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even if we sleep, there is no sleeping to these two. For this reason, panic attack may even get you while you sleep. One may refuse to believe this fact but they cannot do anything about it. It is the reality of things.

To recall a little about panic attacks, books define it as a sudden “period of intense fear and discomfort.” Take note that this is not just any ordinary everyday fear that we feel. It is not just the like of fear that you will not catch the bus on time or coffee might spill on your new shirt. Panic attack is one of the many anxiety disorders that are feared so much by people. Who knows, this might even be the “most” feared basing from its definition.

Symptoms of panic attacks are many. To enumerate some, we have the “racing heart”, dizziness, trembling, nausea, sweating, difficulty of breathing, and many others. These symptoms are also present with other diseases which are not part of anxiety disorder. This is why it is imperative that one must be sure whether it is panic attack or not to eliminate the possibility of a more harmful or dangerous disease.

But what about sleep panic attacks? It may seem hard to believe that they exist, or that they happen even as we sleep. But there is no denying of it. It is always depicted in movies. You see the scenes where they get up suddenly from their beds screaming? As they do they are already full in sweat or sometimes they tremble. When sound effects are added, you could sometimes hear their heart beat running very fast. There you have the symptoms already, trembling, sweating, and the racing heart.

The number of how many times a panic attack can occur while a person is sleeping is unknown. However, this is beside the point since the real point is the fact that panic attack can happen during sleeping and there are certain things that may trigger its occurrences.

There are some reasons for these sleep panic attacks. It could be directly of what happened during that day. Maybe a big even carrying a big amount of stress occurred. Take for example a huge bidding process of your company and you did not win, surely this will stir up something in you. Especially when you have no way to let it out, more probably, sleep panic attack will happen in the evening. It could also be due to a dramatic change in your life; a new job, a new baby, or even death in the family. And of course, it could also happen if you are thinking and worrying too much what if panic attack will happen again while you sleep.

At times, sleep panic attack may not really happen the way it does in movies but instead you will feel very tired upon waking up. This is really bad since it is like a double edge sword; you did not get enough rest which will give you stress which may trigger another attack and you might be afraid of sleeping again.

Sleep panic attacks happen. This is the reality. But even if it does, make it a point that this must not occur to you, or else complication would happen next.

Want to find out more about sleep panic attacks, then visit Carolyn Miller’s site on How to Win the Battle Against Panic Attacks and Reclaim Your Life at for your needs.

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Miller, Carolyn "Panic Attacks While Sleeping: How Does It Happen?." Panic Attacks While Sleeping: How Does It Happen?. 2 Jul. 2010. 7 Aug 2014 <>.

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