May 12, 2016 2 min read

Signs of panic and anxiety. How does this get started?

For many it’s a situation where a panic attack occurs for the first time, and there is no reason why, it’s very unsettling.. Sometimes there is a looming deadline at work or school, or stressors that contribute. Sometimes there isn’t a warning. The one thing about panic attacks is that many times the person develops Panic Disorder, which in part means that the live in fear of having another panic attack and are hypervigilant in anticipating those bad feelings again.

For many panic attacks strike again, without any reason. It’s a scary thing.

Panic starts and usually culminates within about 10 minutes. They can last for a very short period of time but can last 20 minutes or so, but rarely last more than an hour. A full-blown panic attack includes a combination of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath or hyperventilation
  • Racing heart
  • Tight chest
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Being short of breath, or hypervenilating
  • Very tight throat, or can have a choking feeling
  • A feeling of unreality, or being disconnected from your body
  • Feeling nauseated, or having to go to the bathroom
  • Feeling dizzy, light-headed, or faint
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Feeling tingly all over
  • Sweating alot
  • Hot or cold flashes
  • Feel out of control or like the person is dying, or going crazy

Panic attacks can be treated in various ways, by therapy, or medication from a medical professional. Another way to cope with panic attacks is by buying a weighted blanket.

Pauline is thankful for her weighted blanket. She shares:

I have suffered with anxiety, Insomnia, PTSD, restless leg syndrome...
I had several friends send me links and info. on weighted blankets. I finally decided to give it a try. It was nice to be able to pick out my own material, weight and size of blanket. When it first arrived and I took it out of the box. I thought, Geez! This is heavy and it's probably going to be hot and honestly I was a bit skeptical. I have had the blanket for several weeks now. Sleeping with my weighted blanket makes me feel safe and secure, and feels like someone is holding me all through the night. It makes me feel relaxed. I have been able to fall asleep faster, and I stay asleep through the night. The blanket is not hot at all. It is just so comforting. I feel much more refreshed in the morning, like I've slept well. Overall I am very pleased with my blanket and I would recommend it to others. It really does work!

For adults 5% to 10% of the person’s ideal body weight is a good weight for the blanket. For more info visit

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