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robinette,

i have had that happen to me before too. I often wake up in the middle of the night feeling out of breath and in the midst of a panic attack. I was surprised to learn that the majority of panic attacks do occur in your sleep and can wake you up. My doctor explained it resulted from your body finally relaxing and your brain not understanding what's going on.

I normally have to get up, run my wrists under cold water and sit in my rocking chair listening to meditation cd's until it passes.

As Tasmin already said the lack of breathing makes you feel like passing out. However you will not die from it. I have the same issue you do in wanting to run straight to the hospital. From experience I can tell you that just makes you poorer because they send you right home with a precription for anti-anxiety meds but you still get charged for it. ;)

If there is something stressful happening in your life that will also cause your midnight anxiety attacks. Those of us, including myself, who do not deal with stressful/traumatic situations will eventually be forced to deal with it by our bodies.

Good luck!





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