Diseases

Anxiety: nocturnal anxiety

Anxiety can happen at night, and some people know that.

In the darkest hours of the day, often at the bottom of the bed, you may wake up with violent symptoms of anxiety, uncomfortable. Without really suffering from anxiety attacks during the day, it happens that a person suffers only night anxieties.

This phenomenon of nocturnal anxiety can occur at all ages, especially in children. Nocturnal anxieties can be difficult to understand and analyze for the child himself. For parents, the problem and the child's complaints can be mistaken for a nightmare or night terrors.

In both children and adults, nocturnal anxieties occur more often in the early hours of the night, just after falling asleep. You feel your body begins to relax ... or almost, because it happens that a background of anxiety (probably already present before going to bed) begins to annoy, to clutter your mind. Despite this, the body falls asleep, relaxes, it is falling asleep.

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So at the beginning of your sleep, you wake up suddenly, with the classic symptoms of the anxiety attack: sweating, fear, an acceleration of the heartbeat, a difficult breathing, a strong feeling of malaise, sweats, tremors, nausea sometimes ... At worst, you can have death anxiety, with the impression of not being master of your feelings, nor of your body. Once again if the physical signs are major and if a doctor examines the patient, the practitioner must make sure that all these symptoms are related to an anxiety attack, and not to an organic problem (cardiac or other).

The causes of nocturnal anxiety are the same as anxiety attacks. Sometimes this anxiety is focused on a fear, a fact, a specific phobia. Thus, some people wake up at night, with the anguish of vomiting. But these causes are not always well identifiable, remain unclear. In children, one of the common causes of nocturnal anxiety is related to separation anxiety when the child is alone to sleep.

The solution may be to consult of course. If your nocturnal anxiety problems are major, the doctor may prescribe an anxiolytic, or an antihistamine to take very punctually (read further). But this solution can not be considered the best in the long run. In addition to these medications, behavioral therapy can be very helpful in getting rid of these nocturnal anxiety attacks. This treatment consists of performing exercises outside the period of crises. The psychotherapist will guide you. In addition, treatments of homeopathy, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, acupuncture can be tried.

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