Re: Can this be anxiety or health related
Wow, the EXACT same thing just happened to me on Wednesday night into Thursday morning! I had gone to bed kind of early on Wed. because I was tired. So then, I was sound asleep when all the sudden, for no reason that I could possibly fathom, I was woken up out of a sound sleep with a pounding heart and sweats and like....basically a full blown panic attack.
Now, keep in mind, I'd had this happen before, and I too take a xanax and it usually calms me down enough to get me back to sleep. But for some weird reason, this time it set me off even more. I go so freaking panicked out of my mind, I swear I thought I was going to have to call an ambulance. My pulse rate was close to 120 by the time I measured it, but interestingly enough, my blood pressure was pretty low at about 128/75, if I recall.
Believe me, I've spent a lot of money going to docs and getting tested for a lot of stuff, but nothing ever came up as being wrong. It sounds like you have a lot of stress in your life, from what you posted. And if you're at all prone to panic attacks, then it's very highly likely (and probable) that you're just having a panic attack in your sleep that is waking you up.
I started really thinking about it alot after I had this happen this past week. And after reading some posts on here and doing some reasearch on the internet, I came to realize that the reason why this happens is because, in a dream state, your subconscious mind starts to deal with all of the stress from your day that you were pushing out of the way during the day. Basically, when in a relaxed state from sleep, your mind is free to wander and start tackling these issues that plague us during the day. So if you're at all prone to panic during the day, it's possible to panic at night, too.
And then I started really thinking about it some more for myself, and I realized that this is what is happening. Believe me, I know EXACTLY how you feel, because I have a tendency to worry and think something is terribly wrong. But I'm telling you that you are having exactly the same symptoms as me and I haven't been able to find anything medically wrong. The root cause that I keep coming back to for myself is anxiety.
I don't know how to combat it or to stop it from happening. I just know that this is panic and it happens to me sometimes. And I do find that when I'm particularly stressed about something during the day, it seems to carry over into the night when I'm attempting to sleep.
I really hope this helps you. If nothing else, then at least you know that someone else out there suffers from exactly the same thing and hasn't been able to find a medical reason for it. I don't think it's terminal. And I can say that now while I'm rational. But if you caught me when I was in the middle of a panic attack, my mind would be telling me something totally different because that's how my mind works when I'm panicking.