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My partner has been experiencing increased symptoms of anxiety lately. However his symptoms are at night time only. He once woke up with heart palpitations, heaviness in his chest and difficulty breathing as well as nausea. This was after he has already fallen asleep. I panicked too and took him to a&e. They checked his vital signs (blood pressure etc) and his bloods and all came back perfectly normal and healthy. Recently he has had a few episodes where he wakes up in the middle of the night and says it feels like a lump in his throat and breathing is difficult. Then he stays awake for anything between 1-3h after.
He has a fairly stressful job and personal life is quite full on at the moment with a few big events coming up. He is normally a very confident, sociable and a very likeable person and hasn't shown any anxiety symptoms at daytime.
My question is how can I support him?
When he does have an episode I try to talk to him keeping my voice calm and soft (not to alarm him). I ask if there is anything I can do but I'm usually told to go back to sleep (not dismissive, more like 'one of us might as well get some sleep'. He usually just puts a film on (this is his usual way of de-stressing) and then tries to go to sleep after. He does not want to use any medication and his episodes are sporadic at the moment.
Any advise from either people experiencing anxiety or partners on what i should and shouldn't do to support my partner?
Thanks in advance!
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