Good Sleep Can overcome Panic Attacks

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When you’re short on time, what’s the first thing to go? Sleep. We cut our rest short in order to get more things done. But this sacrifice only feeds an already unhealthy cycle, because sleep becomes even more crucial when we are feeling stress.
The Benefit of Sleep
Why do we need sleep? The body uses the sleep phase to repair the wear-and-tear of the day. Changes that occur on the cellular level from free radical damage due to stress, pollution, smoking, or other factors are dealt with during sleep.  Sleep also boosts your body’s immune system, making it better able to fight off opportunistic invaders, like viruses and infection. That’s why when you are sick with a cold or flu, you sleep.
Sleep also helps concentration. The brain needs a lot of oxygen to function at its highest level and when you sleep, oxygen consumption from the rest of your body is minimal, allowing the brain to rebuild its oxygen stores without competition. No one wants to go through their day in a fog, and sleeping a full night through will oxygenate your brain so you think more clearly and work faster.
For children and teenagers, sleep is a time for growth hormones to work their magic, but they’re not the only ones – all hormones use that resting time to rejuvenate your body, helping you perform at your peak. By allowing your cells to rebuild and helping to fortify your immune system, you really are getting your “beauty sleep” with a full night’s rest.
Sleep is a vital tool for achieving your best life. It not only repairs the body, it strengthens the mind and gets you ready for another day in the trenches.
Sleep Deprivation and Panic Attacks
Anyone can go without much sleep for a day or two. Maybe you have an exam and have started the caffeine IV at a steady drip, or maybe you’re worried about something and just can’t sleep. We all go through those times and when rare, they are relatively harmless. However, when lack of sleep becomes routine over a period of time, the body and mind will begin to suffer.
At their root, panic attacks begin with a disassociation with reality. A situation, whatever it may be, has been magnified in such a way that your body starts seeing it as a danger and begins the “fight or flight” response. That type of overreaction is often the result of consistent lack of sleep.
Sleep deprivation over time will bring on a host of symptoms, including but not limited to:
1. Lack of concentration and focus
2. Higher stress levels
3. Irritability
4. Hallucinations (in severe or prolonged cases)
5. Weight gain
6. Compromised immune system
When your defenses are down due to lack of sleep, you’re more likely to suffer a panic attack. If you think this is happening to you, seek medical attention. The stress level and panic attacks will only get worse until you are able to shut the blinds, turn out the lights, and return to a good night’s sleep.
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Capt. Sarab Sandhu

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