This is all kinda funny, and I thought I'd mention it here.
I haven't had a proper panic attack since October last year (I did have two small panic attacks related to marijuana, but those don't really count because I "created" them by smoking too much, and they had no lasting effect - silly me), but I had a setback now due to mental and physical exhaustion (jetlagged). I'd forgotten how I usually handle anxiety/panic (by accepting it fully), and so I managed to scare myself into having a panic attack (just like last time, lol).
Having read up on the same material as last time I quickly remembered how to handle the attacks and general anxiety, and I'm back to fixing it. However, one thing I did not
remember was how to deal with the scary images at night, which is actually why I came back to this forum. I was just about to post a message when I got this weird dèjá vu and found this topic
I actually tried this last night and fell asleep using this technique, but I was worried that I was perhaps doing something stupid by focusing on my breath and sort of ignoring the images (still allow them to be present, though, I just don't engage with them). So, I guess I've got the memory of a goldfish
Anyway, just in case anyone that has a similar problem is reading this: this technique totally works. Focus on your breath/body and allow the images to be present, you'll fall alseep much faster.