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133. Lack of Sleep, Anxiety, and Panic Attacks

In this episode of the Joy Lab podcast, hosts Dr. Henry Emmons and Dr. Aimee Prasek talk about the intricate relationships between sleep, stress, anxiety, and panic attacks, emphasizing the distinction between panic attacks and anxiety. They discuss the various factors contributing to panic attacks, including genetics, brain chemistry, and stress, and how these can intensify due to lack of sleep. They also discuss nocturnal panic attacks, which abruptly wake individuals from sleep, complicating the cycle of anxiety and sleep disturbance. The conversation highlights the importance of understanding these experiences for accurate diagnosis and treatment. The hosts encourage seeking professional help for panic attacks and stress management, offering a blend of science-based insights and practical advice to navigate these challenges.


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Key moments:

00:00 Welcome to Joy Lab
00:40 Diving Deep into Sleep, Anxiety, and Panic Attacks
01:45 Understanding the Intricacies of Panic Attacks
04:02 The Vicious Cycle: Sleep, Stress, and Panic Attacks
06:55 Nocturnal Panic Attacks: A Disturbing Awakening
08:45 Diagnosing and Treating Panic Attacks: Insights from Dr. Emmons
11:46 Closing Thoughts and Resources


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