What is the difference between nocturnal panic attacks and sleep apnea?

Different problems. Sleep apnea is a breathing-related sleep disorder involving brief periods that a person stops breathing while sleeping. This triggers an alarm system in the brain to wake the person up so he/she will start breathing again. Nocturnal panic attacks are discrete periods involving extreme anxiety associated with physiological changes in heart rate, breathing, sweating, etc. That occur at night.
Two main things. Anxiety feelings while lying flat on one's back, can be a problem with the heart or lungs. One is still breathimg, just not getting enough oxygen. That is called orthopnea. Sleep apnea- obstructve type- the person stops breathing while asleep. A sleep study is something to talk to your doctor about. Obsructive sleep apnea is ofteb associated wih being overweight. Orthopnic folkz may not be.

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How do doctors determine if it's nocturnal panic attacks or sleep apnea?

Combination. The best way to rule out or rule in sleep apnea is with a sleep study--if a careful history and review of symptoms leaves the matter unclear, as it may. Ask your md about it. Read more...
Big difference. A panic attack is a violent and unreasoning anxiety and fear. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing in your sleep. You may experience daytime sleepiness, memory problems and lack of concentration. Snoring and high blood pressure are frequently associated with sleep apnea. You will frequently wake up at least 3-4 times per night and may experience insomnia. Read more...

I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and SVTs, which wake me up at night and sometimes result in panic attacks. Is it safe to take ativan (lorazepam) to help ca?

Prior to sedative. You do not indicate whether you have C-PAP device or instead a dental splint, but you should use one or other to control the Sleep Apnea, which could trigger the SVT. Once breathing is stabilized, would not be reluctant to allow a drug like Ativan (lorazepam) at bedtime. Read more...

I have sleep apnea, have a machine I don't use because of panic attacks. I suffer dry sinus/low mucus, use flonase, but want more mucus. What diet pls?

Discuss with sleep M. Your sleep apnea mask will do more than just help you get a good night's sleep. By reaching a more healthy number of the stages of sleep you body will start to produce a better balance of factors that will promote cardiovascular fitness. Meet with your sleep md to discuss the reasons that the mask is not a good fit right now, there are many options. Read more...