When you get an anxiety panic attack, you feel suddenly very overwhelmed, which follows a trigger that leaves you completely bewildered and sure that you’ll die next. Luckily, much safer than the feelings, however, panic attacks are nothing more than a set of safety-valve reactions that allows you survival and self-preservation. But then why are these anxiety panic attacks so scary when they’re safe? And what exactly are sleep anxiety panic attacks?
When you’ve accumulated a high amount of stress, when your body and mind have reached and even overflown their capacity to handle more of the same, panic attacks happen. Of course, anxiety panic attacks can happen at any time of day and night. Hence the sleep panic attacks are those that happen during our sleep, in the night.
Panic attacks usually happen as a culmination of stress accumulation. Hence, when it happens, it usually tells you that your mind and body have reached and crossed their capacity. Since, panic is an extension of an anxiety upsurge; it is but normal that the spillover happen anytime, day or night. When it occurs at night, the result is a sleep panic attack.
Not necessarily the best, however the fastest way to keep your sleep panic attack in check is using pills. But it’s a good idea to hold on to the though and don’t act unless it’s really your last resort. True, they happen suddenly and when you’re sleeping, it’s really nasty and they make you really vulnerable. But they can be handled, nevertheless. What you really need to do is find your best way to relax your mind and once you did that, incorporate that in your day to day life. So basically when the anxiety panic attack happens, you’re prepared, you can immediately enter that relaxed (and trained) state of mind and your sleep panic attacks disappears as your stress levels come down.
You can take some precautions that will help you in handling this, such as:
- Learn to say ‘No’ when it does not feel right for you to do something. This is as valid at home, as it is outside the home, i.e. at your work place and among friends.
- Take some time off, let’s say an hour every day and make it your personal hour. Some things you could do are walk, gym, watch TV, read a book, indulge in your favorite hobby, really anything it takes for you to feel good and relaxed.
- Develop a healthy habit of sharing your anxiety panic problems with someone that is close to you – such as your spouse, your parents, brothers, sisters, friends, colleagues at work – anyone tjat upi really feel they are ready to listen and won’t judge. The act of discussing your feelings, your fears and problems is highly therapeutical.
- Find some workshops that teach you how to manage stress. This is quite often necessary because today’s levels of stress are higher then ever before and sadly we are not equipped well enough to handle it properly, thus the build-up of anxiety.
- Make sure you do not postpone any therapeutical actions. Whether that means changing your highly stressful job, simply moving out of a dead-end relationship, planning for a safety net (be that financial or emotional) for the future, etc; try to not procrastinate. It is very true what they say to not postpone for tomorrow whatever you can achieve today.