It's called a nocturnal panic attack. I get them too and it's a pain in the butt! I wake up to heart palps most of the time and then it throws me into a full attack. VERY unpleasant, but yes, you can have them in your sleep.
Yes! In many cases the panic is caused from a lapse in your breathing (Sleep Apnea). Be sure to ask your doctor about having a sleep study done to see if you may have obstructive Sleep Apnea, which will cause pauses in breathing and awaking in a panic because of lack of oxygen. This causes a panic reaction, just like someone cut off your air supply and will also cause heart palpitations. It's very scary to wake from a sound sleep with a panic attack, but these types of night panic attacks can be helped with sleep apnea treatment. I learned this the hard way and am speaking from experience! I hope this helps.
To answer your question, yes, I truly think it is possible to suffer from a panic attack while sleeping... I have had panic disorder for several years but in the last few years, it has seemed to strike primarily when I am sleeping/falling in and out of sleep.. I read above about a possible sleep apnea connection and I totally agree that you should look into that likelihood. I myself am going to be seeing my psych soon about the same thing. You are not alone, trust me!!!!
Hi.I have been awoken of late with vivid images and dialogue within a dream possibly.I wake up feeling really naffed off by this.The person in my dream is upsetting me with their presence and I find it triggers breathing difficulties and then trouble getting back to sleep.
Thanks for posting and I hope you find some answers.
Yes, absolutely. Our body reacts to our thoughts and dreams just as strongly as it does to real life events. I've woken up many times anxious, stressed, worried, etc. I think it's common in anxious people.