I haven't had that happen. I wake up with sleep paralysis, where I can't move and feel like there's a weight on my chest holding me down (ok, honestly cause I'm half asleep, I usually wake myself up, yelling at the imaginary weight on my chest, which must be nice for the neighbors...) Which I know that sensation is semi-common. I looked up on the net, night panic attacks and this it what I found:
This site, just has a lot of people who experience what you described, but not a lot of helpful - how to counteract it advice:
This is a Government site, that says that it's the same as a panic attack, asleep or awake.
Here's a newsweek one that says it's the same as a daytime panic attack.
A CBS newstory about it - but focuses alot on sleep apnea.
I'm getting the impression this is not a hugely studied phenomenon, I thought I would find like even dubious herbal remedies and self-help tags galore on it, and none were coming up.
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