I would like Dr. Kate McCoy to answer this question.
Dear Doctor: Last night I tried to go to sleep without any medications. My nervousness had been gone for several hours after taking a relaxing bath, and I thought that was the end of it, but then the anxiety came back with a vengeance and I couldn't sleep until I took 2 xanax and a muscle relaxer. What does this tell you about my condition?
I took 1 xanax this morning just to calm my nerves which just exploded as I tried to sleep. You talked about adrenaline working its way through our bodies during a panic attack and then running out. Would you happen to know how long the adrenaline takes before its replenished?
Although I was nervous for much of yesterday. after I took a warm, relaxing bath, it went away, and I assumed that part of the reason was because the adrenaline in my body was gone.
Isn't there a technique or a medicine to bring those adrenaline levels back to normal, or does it require sleep?
I nodded off twice so far today (although I took an ambien earlier). Do you believe this could help?