A few nights ago, I had a severe panic attack in which I couldn’t stop hyperventilating and crying for at least an hour. Completely untriggered. I took the Xanax that was prescribed to me for those situations and about an hour later, while on call with my boyfriend, I apparently fell asleep. However, I distinctly remember staying up and playing league.
But the next day I could recall intricate details of the nightmare I had. Even though I could swear on my life that I never ever fell asleep. I don’t know what happened. I lost hours. I lost the connection between reality and unconsciousness. I think this goes past anxiety/panic disorder and I was wondering if losing time during an attack is a symptom of something else?
It seems to me like when you were having your panic attack, you were causing yourself to go into sleep mode from your body not knowing how to react to the attack plus the Xanax and you just falling asleep. When your body gets tired and it's been through a lot of physical agony and despair, it tends to shut down and it's actually better for you to sleep it off. It's normal, because when I go through emotional pain and I cry a lot, it tires me and I eventually fall asleep. It's nothing of a symptom, it's just your body's way of shutting down to recharge and get itself back to normal. You are fine. :)