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Unable to sleep, panic and anxiety attacks while sleeping. Treatment?

Hello Doctor, last night I went to bed and tried to fall asleep, but woke up gasping for air each time I did. This happened maybe eight times that I can remember. I ve had it before and I was very scared the first few times but found on the internet there was a good chance it was anxiety attacks . Afterwards, It died down alittle and more importantly I wasn t scared. But how can I return to a normal sleeping pattern? Often I don t get any to very little sleep, which makes things worse. I d just like a few suggestions to help me get some rest. Many thanks,
Asked On : Sun, 8 Jul 2012
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Hello Thomas
Thank you for getting in touch with us. As I can see, you have been having problems sleeping over the last few days. Without proper history, it would be tough for us to comment as there can be many causes. Heart problems, lung problems, obesity hyperventilation syndrome, anxiety etc can can breathlessness at night. Do you have any other symptoms along with that? I would recommend you to get in touch with a Doctor and get a proper check up done to exclude all these causes. If you have any of the above mentioned problems, then please get in touch with us and we will be able to guide you. Hope this helped.
Dr Gagandeep Dhillon
Answered: Wed, 11 Jul 2012
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