Panic attacks at night. Can you eliminate them?
Most people suffering from panic disorder, experience panic attacks at night. At the same time, the episodes of panic disorder, occurring at night, appear to be more intense than during the day. The darkness and silence only increase the fear and anxiety of people, suffering from this disorder. What are the symptoms of nocturnal panic attacks and how to deal with them?
Specifics of panic attacks at night
Often, before the episode of panic attack a person can not fall asleep, the growing anxiety disturbs the night rest after a long hard day. Most often, the attack occurs during the period from midnight to early morning. The duration of main symptoms (fear, anxiety, palpitations, nausea, vomiting) may be different. In some people such attack lasts for few minutes, in others – for few hours. The intensity of physiological and psychological manifestations is also individual.
There is another form of panic attacks at night, when a person wakes up with the feeling of dread, anxiety and all related somatic symptoms. Patients wake up in a panic, seeking help, without realizing what is happening, what to do or where to go. They wake their relatives, asking for help. Moreover, these symptoms are observed not only during the first panic attack, but also with further episodes.
Some argue that they are able to calm down only if the entire apartment is well-lit and everybody is out of their beds. Other patients tell, that the intensity of panic attacks is reduced when the morning comes, scattering the darkness. These examples show that panic attack at night can complicate not only the patient’s life but also the life of his close people.
What is the risk of panic attacks at night?
Without any doubt, the experience of nocturnal panic attacks is a hard thing, both for the patient, his family and friends. However, some people still refuse to visit a doctor. Why the nocturnal panic attacks should be treated?
Obviously, after the panic attacks at night, you won’t be able to relax enough and fall asleep. During the next day you’ll feel weakness, drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness and apathy. Naturally, it’s hard to work feeling like that.
Many people develop a fear of night-time. They are afraid to go to bed and fall asleep, as the panic attack can happen again. In result, the daytime sleepiness and insomnia at night start to poison their lives.
The resulting phobias and lack of proper rest can lead to exacerbation of chronic diseases and cause psychological disorders (depression, neuroses, stress, etc.).
The nocturnal panic attacks are especially dangerous for pregnant women, young children and elderly people. Experience shows, that it’s more difficult for these patients to cope with panic attacks, anxiety and fear. They fail to determine the localization of discomfort.
Thus, people, suffering from panic attacks, no matter in what time of day, need early and professional treatment.