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What can I do to prevent panic attacks in the middle of the night?

What can I do to prevent panic attacks in the middle of the night?

Good day good night: Frequency and intensity of panic attacks depends on your fears, your level of stress, ingestion of caffeine or other stimulants. Attacks can come day or night. Panic disorder treatment will help you master techniques that will address these problems. If you get adequate treatment for your panic attacks, not only your daily attacks, but also those that occur while you are asleep will tend to recede. ...Read more

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Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


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What could be causing me to have panic attacks in the middle of the night?

Day panic attacks: Most patients that have panic attacks at night have them during the day. Most people describe that the panic attacks at night are very similar to daytime panic symptoms. If they are not, it could be that other sleep disorders like sleep apnea, which can cause breathlessness, heart racing could be the culprit. Would optimize treatment of panic attacks and maybe see a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps in the middle of the night, and what can I do to prevent them?

What causes leg cramps in the middle of the night, and what can I do to prevent them?

Many possibilities: Restless leg syndrome usually causes such symptoms in the evening and bedtime. Poor circulation has to be considered. Certain medications, low potassium levels, other conditions as well should be considered. Talk to your internist or sleep physician. ...Read more

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What do I do incase of an asthma attack in the middle of the night and if I am alone?

What do I do incase of an asthma attack in the middle of the night and if I am alone?

Follow action plan: All patients should have asthma action plan to follow if their asthma flares. Treatment of acute asthma (day or night) is albuterol (quick relief) medication. If there is not a good response within about 30 minutes then most action plans suggest repeating the dose. If still not better, contact doctor and/or go to er for evaluation. If night symptoms happen >2 x a month, see doctor for new plan. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up in middle of the night to an anxiety attack?

Why do I wake up in middle of the night to an anxiety attack?

Anxiety: This is not uncommon and you are not going crazy. Typically has association with lots of stress in life and not dealing with it directly. Here are some tips for day time. http://blog.southeastpsych.com/2012/11/14/feeling-anxious-use-your-breath/. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of my food cravings in the middle of the night?

What can I do to get rid of my food cravings in the middle of the night?

Not uncommon.: Each of us goes sme unusual spells like yours.But if it persists you need to pay attention.If you are not careful it may lead to over eating and related problems.You should check up for diabetes as well. ...Read more

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How can I prevent myself from waking up in the middle of the night?

How can I prevent myself from waking up in the middle of the night?

Sleep Hygiene: Waking up (poor sleep maintenance) can be due to a number of things. If you are overweight consider obstructive sleep apnea (osa). Do you snore? Ask your partner if you snore or ever stop breathing momentarily; do you have depression or stresses? See your doctor for these. Next, you need to look up sleep hygiene on the net. Lots of suggestions here. Can try melatonin over the counter as a trial. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps in the middle of the night? What can I do to get them to stop? How can I prevent them from re-occurring?

What causes leg cramps in the middle of the night?  What can I do to get them to stop?  How can I prevent them from re-occurring?

Hydration: Night cramps in the legs are usually caused from an electrolyte imbalance. Some things to consider are getting proper hydration and electrolyte balance established. And also make sure you are doing enough stretching. ...Read more

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I know I have a UTI and its in the middle of the night, how can I get rid of the pain so i can sleep the rest of the night?

I know I have a UTI and its in the middle of the night, how can I get rid of the pain so i can sleep the rest of the night?

See you doctor...: Urine dipsticks and microscopic urinalysis can suggest uti, but the definitive test is a urine culture, which can take 36-72 hours to come back. If you are having symptoms, such as burning urination, frequency, urgency, or urine discoloration, i suggest you see your doctor to have a culture performed. It is not wrong to take antibiotics while you wait for the results if your doctor prescribes it. ...Read more

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What can cause me to wake up with a pounding heart and dizziness in the middle of the night. Not nightmares or anxiety ?

What can cause me to wake up with a pounding heart and dizziness in the middle of the night. Not nightmares or anxiety ?

Anxiety: I feel empathy for your Ponding heart and dizziness in the middle of night .and headache and abdominal pain. At age 34, unresolved emotional conflicts, stressors of relationships,. Marriage, Separation, divorce, parenting, work, finances and children leaving home can cause emotional turmoil affecting sleep, cause physical symptoms and anxiety. See a Psychiatrist. for Therapy and medication. ...Read more

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What can I do about leg pain in the middle of the night?

What can I do about  leg pain in the middle of the night?

Causes: Canberra cramping from electrolyte abnormalities or from muscle fatigue or dehydration. Look at your risk factors. Exercise ( too much) inadequate hydration, meds that can contribute as well such as diuretics. Vascular disease can also cause ...Read more

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Why can I do to prevent balding? Losing hair not in the middle but to the left and right of the widows peak.

Why can I do to prevent balding? Losing hair not in the middle but to the left and right of the widows peak.

Medical management: There a few proven options to stop the hair loss. These include medications such as Minoxidil and finasteride. The two other options are laser light and protein rich plasma. A combination of all would be most effective. See a hair loss specialist. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best way to prevent waking up with sinus headaches in the mid of the night?

Could you tell me what's the best way to prevent waking up with sinus headaches in the mid of the night?

Saline rinses: Saline nasal rinses before bed and sleeping with your head of bed elevated can help reduce nasal swelling which may cause sinus headaches. ...Read more

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What to do with a panic attack when the people around you are the cause?

What to do with a panic attack when the people around you are the cause?

Manage panic: With e-a-s-e. 1)eliminate the stressor from your life (stay away from the people) 2)alter the impact of the stressor (talk to the people about what stresses you); 3)shift your outlook (change your beliefs & negative self-talk about the people); & 4) ease your response (learn relaxation skills & be healthy -- exercise & good nutrition). Counseling can help. ...Read more

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Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I'm in the middle of eating. How can I stop this?

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I'm in the middle of eating. How can I stop this?

Parasomnia: Term described sleep walking, eating, driving and sexual activity. Can be a side effect of certain drugs like Ambien, (zolpidem) but also occur spontaneously. You should be evaluated by a Sleep Medicine specialist. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Waking up in the middle of the night when i try to go to sleep early. How do I deal with this?

Waking up in the middle of the night when i try to go to sleep early. How do I deal with this?

Sleep: Try to establish and maintain a consistent sleep pattern, ddays and weekends. Avoid caffeine after lunch, take a shower before going to bed to relax. Turn off television and computers 1 hour before going to bed, to prevent the light from the screen from lowering you melatonin. Depending on what ime you get up, try a small dose of melatonin - available at pharmacies, to see if it helps get you b. ...Read more

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I often have inflamation in my ears. What are the causes of that. What can I do to avoid this in the future. Thanks?

I often have inflamation in my ears. What are the causes of that. What can I do to avoid this in the future. Thanks?

It depends: I'm not certain what you are referring to. I am assuming you are referring to otitis externa which is infection in the external ear canal (also called swimmers ear). Excess moisture in the canal or devices that occlude the ear like ear phones can cause infection. The following two websites have excellent patient information: http://bit.ly/1C3SC5Q and http://bit.ly/1HhTGb4 ...Read more

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How to prevent getting a migraine in the middle of my sleep?

How to prevent getting a migraine in the middle of my sleep?

See below: Improving sleep hygiene can help. Regularize your sleep. Avoid migraine triggers. Sleep 7.5 to 8 hours a night. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, large meals, vigorous exercise, and bright lights near bedtime. Minimize stressors. If you have migraines which are new, impact your daily routine or have them frequently, it is recommended you have them evaluated by a neurologist. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How can I treat this anxiety attack? Kind of welling up in my chest.

Psychotherapy option: As a psychologist, i recommend a structured cognitive behavioral therapy program that will teach you how to better understand and control your emotional feelings. These skills can help you decrease or eliminate anxiety/panic feelings as well as help you be more confident and in control. ...Read more

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Panic Attack (Definition)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that ...Read more