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    sleep anxiety
    anxious128678 posted:
    Prior to waking up i feel the anxiety coming on, sometime i can tell myself whats going on and it subsides, but last night i felt like i egged it on (don't know why i did that), i woke up felling panicky, my lower body (pelvic and buttock area) began to feel real cool. Last time i felt that way i about passed out and had my wife almost call 911. I hope some one else has felt this because i hope it not a medical issue and nothing but a panic attack. Ususally i feel find during the day its just at night. im wondering if it may be sleep apnea.
    Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
    Of course, the best thing to do if you think there might be a medical problem, is to be checked out by your PCP. Sleep apnea is generally diagnosed by a one or two night stay in a sleep lab. You can find quite a bit of information about sleep apnea online and this might be helpful to you.

    One thing we do know is that during the night one particular hormone, cortisol, which is associated with stress and anxiety, builds up and is at its highest in the morning. This may account for some people awakening with feelings of anxiety or panic and even some physical symptoms associated with it.

    Please have your Doc check you out so that you can clarify what this might be.

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