As we all know, in addition to the external stimuli that can easily trigger a panic attack, we are also particularly prone to panic attacks at night when we are sleeping, without any external factors, for unknown reasons.
In my personal analysis, when a person is ready to sleep, the brain stops doing a lot of work, including hearing, seeing, physical activity, balancing, interacting with the outside world, and so on, which allows the brain to focus more on thinking. Many light flashes also occur in this bedtime state for this reason. So, at this time, the anxiety sufferer's brain is more " no distractions " to produce fearful thoughts.
The more focused state also makes somatic symptoms easier to detect and intensify. The triad of anxiety disorders begins to function：somatic symptoms, distracting thoughts, and fearful emotions. The same triad operates，it is equivalent to being in an environment with many distractions in the daytime, but at night it is equivalent to being in a vacuum, which of course operates more efficiently and makes it more likely to lead to panic attacks.
Once the panic attack enters the biocurrent radiation stage, it presents a moment of inertia, which carries your extreme fear emotion hard forward, towards death, seemingly unstoppable. It is like the acceleration lane of a jet locomotive; once the engine is ignited, it will almost certainly rush to the end.
At this time you may be successful if you sit up immediately and turn on the lights，forcefully interrupt the panic attack process. Waiting for the violent heartbeat and nervous fear to slowly calm down, you can even get up and walk around a bit. Ten minutes and a half hours later, it seems to be fine.
So, you lie down again and turn off the light to sleep.
You will find that it comes back and it is still there.
It is. It just didn't complete the attack, and it seems to be reluctant. And you're still afraid, the fear is not far away, once you lie down, your mind is focused again, you're in that state of concentration again, the fear and thinking distractions are all back.
Patients who experience this torment at the beginning can be very distressed. After experiencing it more, you know that you either have to get up and take a sedative, or, let it attack.
After the seizure is over and the energy is released, instead, you can sleep.
If you are treated regularly, it will get easier and easier later on. Compared to the beginning when you had to sit up, turn on the light, or get out of bed and walk to interrupt the panic attack, later you may be able to interrupt the panic attack by turning over, and then lie in bed and wait for the violent heartbeat to slowly calm down, and the relief you get afterwards makes it easier to fall asleep
Then later, you can move your hand and twist your neck to pull yourself out of the preparatory state of panic attack.