Panic Attacks and Sleep Apnea

Roughly 3% or more of American adults are living with a panic disorder. Many of these adults experience nocturnal panic attacks that could be a result of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. A panic disorder is when a person frequently experiences debilitating anxiety and fear without reasonable cause.  Symptoms of a panic disorder can include headache, dizziness, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation and elevated heart rate. The symptoms of a panic disorder are similar to that of obstructive sleep apnea especially when experienced nocturnally. If a person suddenly awakens from a deep sleep with chest pain and difficulty breathing, it can leave that …

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April is National Stress Awareness Month

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress can effect an individual on so many different levels. Take this time to reflect on the stressors in your life and what you can do to manage them. One way to help keep stress under control is SLEEP! According to The National Sleep Foundation “If you don’t sleep enough at night, your body boosts its levels of stress hormones”. Only furthering the cycle of stress leading to poor sleep and then poor sleep leading to stress or anxiety.

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More Stress Leads to Less Sleep

Many of us toss and turn when we can’t sleep for a night or two. But for some, a restless night is routine. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million report having an occasional sleeping problem. Stress and anxiety are key contributors to these reported sleep problems. Stress is our response to daily life. It affects us emotionally, physically, and behaviorally. Seven out of ten adults in the United States say they experience stress or anxiety daily, and most say it interferes at least moderately …

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