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November 24, 2012 6:44 PM
I have been suffering the last past few days & nites with Panic/Anxiety attacks...It is making me scared to try and go to sleep because when I lay down for some reason that is when I can feel them coming on. The last past 2 nites I have waken up about 3 times each nite in panic. I have been under quite a bit of stress lately and was wondering if anyone else has heard of drinking Chamomile Tea for stress, anxiety/panic? I am on central standard time and it is almost 9 pm here...Is it too late to brew me a cup as I don't need anything else keeping me from sleeping...Please advise!! ohwell
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November 24, 2012 7:29 PM
Chamomile is considered a bed time tea, so drinking some shouldn't keep you up. It isn't known for reducing anxiety, but it won't hurt you to have a cup.
  23334912
November 24, 2012 7:35 PM
My doctor recommended Chamomile Tea when I was having trouble sleeping. It should soothe your nerves and make you drowsy. For the best result, let it steep for a long while so it's nice and strong.
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November 24, 2012 7:36 PM
I don't know about the tea and I know its too late for you now, but I used to have really bad anxiety until I started high intensity workouts. I try to workout out 40min to an hour a day and it really has improved my anxiety. Not sure if this is helpful, just sharing what has worked for me.
November 24, 2012 7:40 PM
I have suffered from nighttime anxiety and panic attacks. I would drink a cup of chamomile tea and it usually worked to calm me. I like to listen to relaxing music, usually sounds of the sea or something along those lines. Also you could try some pm yoga, it focuses on relaxation and breathing to help you let the things of the day go. I like the gaim one. One other thing you could try is to write in a journal just before bed. Write down everything you're worried or stressed about and then try to forget about it, it's written down so your mind doesn't have to keep on thinking about it. Last resort intake an OTC sleep aid, but oly if I could get 8 hrs of sleep. I don't really like taking it as it makes me feel groggy in the morning, and I didn't want to get addicted to it. But it helped me sleep sounder through the night. I would also talk to your doctor, they might prescribe you something like Xanax for immediate relief or Zoloft to control the anxiety on a day to day basis.

Hope that helps! And I hope you can get some rest!
Edited by mwillis8002 On November 24, 2012 7:41 PM
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November 24, 2012 7:59 PM
My sister suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, and she is always drinking chamomile. I don't know if someone told her to or if she just likes it. I'll have to ask.
November 24, 2012 8:05 PM
Scary!
I have experienced anxiety before. It was probably a "mild" case of it, but it sure got my attention.
I used St.John's Wort extract in capsules. That worked very, very well.
I also took vitamin d3, and fish oil capsules.
I took this combination for a total of 3 months before tapering off.
Hope you feel better soon!
November 24, 2012 8:07 PM
Chamomile tea has helped me. Also, melatonin supplements, which are a sleep aid, so need to be taken right at bedtime.

Here is a link to another tea I have that does seem to help me relax - I don't like it as well as chamomile, but it isn't bad at all.

http://www.celestialseasonings.com/products/herbal-teas/tension-tamer

Also, I have read a number of times that there is a link between low magnesium and anxiety. Magnesium can be absorbed through the skin. So a warm bath in epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) might help you, I believe it has helped me.
Edited by NCchar130 On November 24, 2012 8:14 PM
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November 24, 2012 8:08 PM
Chamomile has known relaxation qualities.. I drink sleepy-time vanilla tea by celestial seasonings.. I use a tsp of honey in it.. Also, slow deep breathing helps.. Close eyes and just focus on breathing in thru your nose and exhaling slowly from your mouth...

Don't just take my word for it... University of Pennsylvania, a top notch IV league school did a study. See link below...

http://www.naturalnews.com/034454_chamomile_anxiety_depression.html
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November 24, 2012 8:10 PM
Chamomile can be calming, but it depends on how much anxiety you have. Several posters already recommended some good advice that I'll reiterate and add to as well. I have anxiety and have found that for me, I need to be on anti-anxiety meds. Everyone's different; some people need it for short periods of time to get through stressful events, others need to be on a certain level overall. Here's a few, non-medical ways to deal with anxiety:
- work out!! A good workout will decrease stress and help you sleep better at night.
- Avoid chocolate, caffeine, and sugar after 5pm. Avoid eating after 9pm. Everyone's different, but I find I sleep best when I cut off my caffeine intake by 5. Plus I avoid eating too close to bed time.
- Journal, pray, meditate, read for at least 15 minutes before bed. Helps to shut your brain down and switch into sleep mode. Also avoid TV screens as it can radiate a lot of light and make it harder for your brain to switch to bedtime mode.
- 4-7-8 breathing. Breathe in for 4, hold for 7, breathe out for 8. When I was having panic attacks, this was the major, non-medication intervention that helped me.
- Progressive muscle relaxation. You tense each muscle group and hold for 8 seconds, then release. Start with your toes, then calves, then knee caps, then quads, then buttocks, then abs, then pecs/shoulder. You may be able to find a video online that walks you through it.
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November 24, 2012 8:11 PM
Ok I looked and the studies done on chamomile and anxiety were German Chamomile in the capsule form. Not sure if what you get in a tea is going to be strong enough.
  23334912
November 24, 2012 8:17 PM
Chamomile tea, lavender oil, will help relax the mind. However, it is important to understand the root of your panic attack. Too much stress? Learn to de-stress, do some yoga stretch, breathing exercise. That might help too.
November 24, 2012 8:24 PM
QUOTE:

Chamomile tea has helped me. Also, melatonin supplements, which are a sleep aid, so need to be taken right at bedtime.

Here is a link to another tea I have that does seem to help me relax - I don't like it as well as chamomile, but it isn't bad at all.

http://www.celestialseasonings.com/products/herbal-teas/tension-tamer

Also, I have read a number of times that there is a link between low magnesium and anxiety. Magnesium can be absorbed through the skin. So a warm bath in epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) might help you, I believe it has helped me.

Melatonin is a great help for sleep.. However, more is not better for melatonin. Lower doses actually work better... I used to get irritable with 3 mg so i cut them ink half and it worked better. Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and i supplement with magnesium... A recent study found many people are magnesium deficient. However, it relaxes ALL muscles including involuntary ones such as your bowels, so adjust to it slowly if you take it orally.
Another suggestion is to get orange light bulbs for your bedside light. Orange light blocks out all blue light which can prevent sleeping.
  13862729
November 24, 2012 8:29 PM
QUOTE:

Chamomile can be calming, but it depends on how much anxiety you have. Several posters already recommended some good advice that I'll reiterate and add to as well. I have anxiety and have found that for me, I need to be on anti-anxiety meds. Everyone's different; some people need it for short periods of time to get through stressful events, others need to be on a certain level overall. Here's a few, non-medical ways to deal with anxiety:
- work out!! A good workout will decrease stress and help you sleep better at night.
- Avoid chocolate, caffeine, and sugar after 5pm. Avoid eating after 9pm. Everyone's different, but I find I sleep best when I cut off my caffeine intake by 5. Plus I avoid eating too close to bed time.
- Journal, pray, meditate, read for at least 15 minutes before bed. Helps to shut your brain down and switch into sleep mode. Also avoid TV screens as it can radiate a lot of light and make it harder for your brain to switch to bedtime mode.
- 4-7-8 breathing. Breathe in for 4, hold for 7, breathe out for 8. When I was having panic attacks, this was the major, non-medication intervention that helped me.
- Progressive muscle relaxation. You tense each muscle group and hold for 8 seconds, then release. Start with your toes, then calves, then knee caps, then quads, then buttocks, then abs, then pecs/shoulder. You may be able to find a video online that walks you through it.


And if these don't work - don't be too scared to get help from your dr! Believe me, antianxiety medication is the best thing I ever did for myself.
November 24, 2012 8:51 PM
I currently take Celexa and it is not preventing them..But this all just started like yesterday. I used to have them really bad in the past but now they are back and I feel horrible because the after effects of the attacks all nite last nite...My head feels weird and it is like I am kind of off balance and just not myself.
Edited by Allup2Me78 On November 24, 2012 8:52 PM
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November 24, 2012 10:03 PM
QUOTE:

I currently take Celexa and it is not preventing them..But this all just started like yesterday. I used to have them really bad in the past but now they are back and I feel horrible because the after effects of the attacks all nite last nite...My head feels weird and it is like I am kind of off balance and just not myself.


How long have you been taking Celexa for?
November 25, 2012 11:44 AM
i have been on Celexa the least amount of time of any of the meds I have been on..Maybe a year 1/2..That's all...
  16348847
November 25, 2012 12:01 PM
I have sleep problems and anxiety attacks OCD and depression I take citalipram and tamazipan but I drink lemon tea as well as chamomile tea it really helps me. Good luck
Edited by kathyms13 On November 25, 2012 12:02 PM
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November 25, 2012 12:07 PM
Vitamin D has made a world of difference for me.
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November 25, 2012 12:07 PM
QUOTE:

I have been suffering the last past few days & nites with Panic/Anxiety attacks...It is making me scared to try and go to sleep because when I lay down for some reason that is when I can feel them coming on. The last past 2 nites I have waken up about 3 times each nite in panic. I have been under quite a bit of stress lately and was wondering if anyone else has heard of drinking Chamomile Tea for stress, anxiety/panic? I am on central standard time and it is almost 9 pm here...Is it too late to brew me a cup as I don't need anything else keeping me from sleeping...Please advise!! ohwell


Magnesium citrate, 400mg daily but only with your doctor's blessings. I'm not a doctor.
  24701848
November 25, 2012 12:10 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I have been suffering the last past few days & nites with Panic/Anxiety attacks...It is making me scared to try and go to sleep because when I lay down for some reason that is when I can feel them coming on. The last past 2 nites I have waken up about 3 times each nite in panic. I have been under quite a bit of stress lately and was wondering if anyone else has heard of drinking Chamomile Tea for stress, anxiety/panic? I am on central standard time and it is almost 9 pm here...Is it too late to brew me a cup as I don't need anything else keeping me from sleeping...Please advise!! ohwell


Magnesium citrate, 400mg daily but only with your doctor's blessings. I'm not a doctor.


Were do I get them please
  19374329
November 25, 2012 12:13 PM
i've tried chamomile but i find sometimes it doesnt cut it. when i can't control it for whatever reason i take a liquid valerian supplement. it's sold in most vitamin/supplement sections. talk to your doctor though!
November 25, 2012 12:15 PM
Oh gosh, I do feel for you. I have a severe phobia which used to cause panic attacks during the night too.....but I've taken lofepramine for the past 13 years, it 99.9% sorted it all for me. I took Zoloft for a while (sertraline over here) but couldn't get on with it.

In amongst the excellent advice above, I want to add a bit of emphasis to one you may have missed - LAVENDER OIL!!! A few drops on your pillow or whatever you sleep in, it works wonders, I promise you!! You can also get lavender sleep balm to rub on your temples. Yes, you will smell like an old lady, but you will get a more peaceful night. smile

Oh, and try a deep breathing or relaxation podcast to go to sleep to. Seriously.....I used to be a really panicky, anxious person who could barely get through the day, let alone the night. All these little things have worked for me.

Best of luck to you, you have my deepest empathy. Feel free to add me, its handy to have a fellow panicker around when you're havin a rough day. wink
November 26, 2012 11:52 AM
Hey There!!

I have suffered from this in the past as well and honestly the subconscious mind is such a *****!! haha!! Sometimes it takes a few weeks for you to discover the root of why you are getting night panics. I get them a few times a year and when I do, I basically just shut down as much as I possibly can in life and try my best figure out WHY I am getting them. The main thing that you MUST do when you do end up waking up in the middle of the night or find yourself drifting off and get a shot of adrenaline is to immediately say to yourself "its okay, I'm okay I am not going to die just relax" and then start immediately focusing on your breathing. If you say to yourself "oh no!! I'm getting another panic attack!" which is a common response then you will make the situation much much worse!

I do not recommend sleeping pills. People with severe anxiety can fight them off and you just end up waking up groggy and more anxious the next day!
Deep breathing - definitely the 4-7-8 rule that someone posted about! I just saw that on Dr. Oz :)
Increase your vitamins! Magnesium, VtD, B-complex and DHA and just a general multi vit is good too
Prayer meditation or just meditation
Cam tea is awesome!! Sleepy time tea has Valerian root in it that is proven to decrease anxiety.
Keep yourself busy the next day! Even if you don't sleep or only get a few hours... if you focus on that then you will have a terrible night the next night and the cycle will continue. But you MUST acknowledge that you are feeling anxious. If you try to stuff it down it only makes it worse. State the negative and counteract with a positive. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (google it!) takes a LOT of work but it definitely works!
Green Tea instead of coffee or energy drinks. I know your instinct is to drink more caffeine if you are tired but just deal with being tired for a week or so and your body will eventually get regulated.
I think someone mentioned HIIT training. Very awesome but do only in the morning!!
NO ALCOHOL!!! it will make your anxiety so much worse!!
Be patient :) This is the hardest thing for me to remember when I am in the throws of anxiety. We constantly tell ourselves that we will always feel this way when in fact its just not true. Your going through something that needs time to work its way out of your system.

You will be okay :) I promise! Good luck!! :)
February 17, 2014 1:50 PM
Not only Chamomile tea but also there other varieties of teas which are known to help fight depression and anxiety, One good resource is this: http://bestteareview.com/best-tea-for-anxiety-and-depression/
Edited by maryliu52459 On February 17, 2014 1:50 PM

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