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Why do I get a minor panic attack as I am falling asleep (ust drifting into sleep) ?

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Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry

In brief: Anxiety and fear

There are many individuals in the populations that experience increased anxiety related to the start of sleep.
There can also be hypnagogic and hypnopompic psychotic experiences that are a function of the initial intrusion of rem sleep at the start of sleep or the intrusion of wakefulness into rem sleep that produce transitions in sensory and neuromuscular function that can be distressing to many.

In brief: Anxiety and fear

There are many individuals in the populations that experience increased anxiety related to the start of sleep.
There can also be hypnagogic and hypnopompic psychotic experiences that are a function of the initial intrusion of rem sleep at the start of sleep or the intrusion of wakefulness into rem sleep that produce transitions in sensory and neuromuscular function that can be distressing to many.
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