How to End Panic Attacks at Night Fast (and Enjoy Your Sleep Again)

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This guide will help you with ending your panic attacks at night fast.

You’ll learn the biggest mistake that makes your panic attacks worse, and what to do instead.

After this article, you’ll learn how to end your panic attacks at night quickly.

Let’s dive in!

DO THIS to overcome your Panic Attacks!

What is a panic attack really?

First of all, a panic attack sounds damned scary, while it is actually very innocent when you understand what is happening. 

When you have a panic attack, it sounds like someone is attacking you, which makes it scarier than it actually is.

So… let’s change that once and for all. 

Have you ever gone on a rollercoaster? You probably did. What you felt during that “exciting or scary” ride was adrenaline.

Adrenaline is a hormone that our fight or flight response uses to quickly act on perceived danger.

Like when there is a tiger, on an email from your boss (both scary!)

Whenever you feel anxious at night and feel like you are going to panic… understand… that it is JUST adrenaline.

Let me explain why this is important…

Why is this important?

What is important to understand, is that feelings of panic are just chemical. It’s created by adrenaline, which in and on itself cannot harm you.

You think you are going to lose control, freak out or maybe even die… but remember that it’s just a rush of adrenaline.

It feels extremely intense, I know out of my own experience, but understanding that nothing bad can and will happen is a great first step to decreasing the intensity of your panic attack.

So the next time you have a panic attack at night, tell yourself you are JUST having an adrenaline rush. This sounds less scary, because it is the same hormone that rushes through your body when you are on a rollercoaster.

But there is something else which you have to know. It is how you should approach your feelings of panic, when they arise.

Therefore, I want to show you the wrong approach to panic and the right approach to answer the following question:

What should we do when we feel panic?

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Never do this when you panic

Now you understand that a panic attack is “just” an adrenaline rush, I want to make something clear to you that is very important.

It’s how you approach “aka respond” to your feelings of panic. I start now by pointing out the wrong approach, and it is the one you probably use, which makes your panic even worse.

Curious what it is? 

It is responding like this when you feel anxiety during the night:

“Oh no I am feeling anxiety? Why do I feel this? I shouldn’t feel this, this makes no sense? Why does it NEVER GO away!? Am I broken? I will lose control.”

You fight with your feelings and try to convince your emotional brain that your feelings are invalid. You put on a fight, while anxiety and panic feed themselves on anger and frustration. 

You are literally watering the “Panic Plant”, which is the last thing you want when trying to sleep.

Because your emotional brain is so much stronger than your rational one, you are not only losing the battle, but you make it way more intense. 

So, let’s give you the right approach, because it will help you with making your potential next panic attackat night LESS intense.

THIS is what you should do when you panic…

I always responded in the wrong way to my feelings of panic. I told myself that it made no sense and I shouldn’t feel it, but it made the panic much worse… but after lots of experience and research on the topic I understood that easing panic comes down to the following:

“Allowance.”

Allowing yourself to feel anxious or panicky… even if it doesn’t make sense or is inappropriate. 

That doesn’t mean not caring about it anymore or being OK with it… what it means is not putting up a fight you are not going to win and showing your mind that you are OK: because you are!

The thing is, when you panic at night and show your mind that it is not OK to panic, the panic will become worse, because you panic about panicking. But simply saying:

“It’s OK… I’m having an adrenaline rush. I allow myself to feel it. I let the adrenaline do what it wants to do.” 

You take off so much of the pressure, anger and frustration and within 5 minutes (most of the time) the adrenaline runs out and your body is getting back in balance. 

This approach doesn’t mean you’ll never panic anymore, but the intensity decreases, which is a great first step to healing yourself. 

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Takwaway

Of course, there is way more I want to tell you about panic attacks, but I hope this article gave you some insights to make your next panic attack at night less intense. 

You now know the right approach and wrong approach to having panic attacks at night, so try to keep it in mind the next time you feel anxious.

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Author: Wouter Manders

Wouter is a mindset coach from The Netherlands. For many years he suffered from depression and anxiety. It gave him the motivation to coach people on overcoming their anxiety, out of first hand experience. With more than 6000 blog visitors a month he helps many people on their road to having less anxiety.

About Wouter

Wouter is a mindset coach from The Netherlands. For many years he suffered from depression and anxiety. It gave him the motivation to coach people on freeing themselves from anxiety. With more than 6000 blog visitors a month he helps many people on their journey towards less anxiety.

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