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You have done a remarkable job in managing your panic attacks and anxiety driven insomnia, without the use of medications.
Because you will be in a new location outside of the home, you may be experiencing or may experience further anxiety called Agoraphobia, which is a fear of having panic attacks in public or away from the safety of home.
If this is an unknown factor - whether or not you will have panic attacks or anxiety or insomnia when on your trip, at the hotel, I would recommend going to your family physician and explaining your situation, and asking for some medication that you can take which will help you to stop panic and to sleep soundly.
What I have in mind is clonazepam (Klonopin) which is an antianxiety medication that is particularly helpful in stopping panic attacks and can stay in your body long enough to guarantee a good night's sleep.
The only alternative to this is also a benzodiazepine called alprazolam (Xanax) which will also stop panic attacks but will not stay in your system as long.
When used occasionally, on an AS NEEDED basis, these drugs will work quite well to stop panic attacks and allow you to sleep.
This is the most appropriate medication and will work right away.
I do not recommend starting an antidepressant or using other medications that you will have to use all of the time. You are prone to anxiety and this, in my estimation, is the best solution - for occasional use.
Consult with your physician.
I wish you a successful trip and great outcome in all ways.
Elliott, MAE, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC
Actually I'm on clonazepam at night. I think I've just made it a routine to fall asleep to the TV at night. Now I just need advice on how to do that in my own bed and outside of my home. I don't want to stop travelling just because I'm afraid I can't sleep somewhere.
im in no rush to fix this. We dont have our first cacation until next summer. We just had a baby. So should i wait a few months to start? Do i do it every day? So basically use the same pillow and blanket in bed. Go up to watch TV. Do the same routine I do on the couch. My husband goes to bed late and he doesn't mind the TV. Do I do this every night moving forward or just a few times a week? Do I get up if I'm anxious and go back to the couch?