Just popping in to add to the ideas, ask your dr. about Trazodone. I take one every evening about an hour before bed. It is said to work along with any anti-depressants and also is a sleeping aid -- just a thought and one to discuss with your dr. It would also be covered under your insurance as it's a prescription and a fairly low-cost one.
Thanks for sharing that. I haven't seen a therapist or sleep specialist yet and I will definitely check to see if my insurance covers it. My night terrors could also be caused by being overtired since I stay up very late most nights.
Since my husband was a child he woke up randomly at night. When he was young it was mostly sleepwalking, but as he grew older it's become these crazy screaming running around the house full blown freak-outs. We always described them as "night terrors". After he pushed through our bedroom door one night and took it off the hinges, I told him to see a sleep specialist or I'd put a bed in the spare room that is currently home to my treadmill. The doc put him on a really low dose of Klonopin right before bed. It has eliminated these anxiety events.
Obviously his symptoms are different from yours since there is no specific event that triggered them to begin. If it's still interfering with your sleep, I would strongly advise seeing a sleep specialist. It was covered by our health insurance. If you're not already seeing a therapist of some sort, I would strongly advise it as well. I see a LCSW weekly to help me work on coping strategies and relaxation techniques to deal with my anxiety. She recently pointed out that my biggest trigger could be simply being overtired! I never would have noticed that without her help. I think no matter what a doctor prescribes for anxiety, therapy is absolutely necessary to really overcome this disease.
Hey great tips everyone! 7 months away from this topic and its still an on going struggle. I'm doing much better since then, every now and again I will experience this and all of your tips have helped.
Yeah. Fish oil is basically great for SO MANY things that if you aren't taking it then you definitely should be. It's not a magical cure, but I've been using it for about 6 months now and I noticed a serious change after the first month, but I also noticed immediate differences after about 2 weeks. It's also great for anyone who suffers from seasonal depression. Definitely give it a try...it's worth every little pennny! I take 1200UI (2 600UI pills) 4x a week!
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I used to experience this same issue you are suffering with in my anxiety. It's been quite some time since I've felt that middle of the night anxiety and unlike your situation I'm not really sure what had triggered it. It's a very common problem with people who have anxiety disorders and often times night time is when anxiety can get really bad. I suppose the reason for this is because at night our mind is trying to wind down, but in an anxious person we are always so wound up with worries that it's very hard for our bodies to learn how to wind down and allow us some peace.
Some things you might try that may help you get a better nights sleep:
Take a relaxing bath before bed. Try to think of things that make you happy and things that relax you.
Read a book or magazine while in bed instead of TV. This causes you to get more tired sometimes.
Do a good workout before bed like yoga (not more vigourous things.) Yoga is a great form of relaxation and meditation and can really work wonders.
and finally... if you don't already...start taking fish oil supplements (200 pills @ the grocery for about $10) 3-4 times a week. Omega-3 has been proven to work wonders on anxiety disorders.
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I know I'm a little late to this conversation, but are you still having problems? This was the scariest part about my anxiety/panic. Being afraid to go asleep increased the symptoms, as well as having a bad nights sleep. I was taking xanax for a little while (just 1/2 of the .25 mg). What REALLY helped was listening to guided imagery. On my site, I listed a couple that really helped me. I was more able to focus on relaxation, and not the fear.
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Thanks for all the replies. Yes definitely your asthma attacks could have been panic attacks. I've been off caffeine for like 2 years and I've also been excercising almost everyday. I know its all in my head. As soon as I start thinking about going to sleep my anxiety starts to hit and I dread it like the plague. I have started to do some breathing and its helped. I just need to tell myself to take one day at a time.
OMG...you know what? Since I started to take Pristiq, I noticed I'm using my inhaler a whole lot less. I thought it was an asthma attack every night, no joke, do you think it could have been a panic attack. I use my inhaler maybe once a day now and I was sucking it down hard at night before.
WOW, thanks for describing your panic attacks; it never occured to me that what I was experiencing wasn't an actual asthma attack.
I have suffered anxiety attacks at bedtime. They are really rough! One thing that helped me somewhat was totally avoiding caffeine. Also, an herbal supplement that you can get at the grocery store, valerian, does help to give some people restful sleep. Be sure to talk it over with your medical advisor! Good luck and let us know how you are doing.
I have found that working out regularly (5-6 days a week) takes the 'edge' off of some of my reactions-some days I even fall asleep within 30 minutes of going to bed! And there is an over the counter supplement Melatonin that also makes my brain calmer and I sleep better when I take it- even if it's just the placebo effect :)
That's how my panic attacks began. I would have a hard time falling asleep because I would feel like I couldn't breathe. And I would wake up in the middle of the night with these attacks too. One thing that helped me was to lay in my bed and do breathing exercises, breathing in slowly through my nose, and letting it out slowly through my mouth, making a woosh sound as I exhaled. I also started taking over the counter sleeping pills to help me to go to sleep and stay asleep, and it seemed to help a lot. I finally got to the point where I could go to sleep peacefully without taking anything and could sleep through the night without any attacks. I am also on Celexa now so that has probably helped also.
When my mother died, I started with nighttime anxiety attacks like you describe. She had died suddenly and I started thinking I would too. I'm sure there's a connection like you say between the death of your neighbor and your anxiety. The solution is to convince yourself of the improbability of this happening to you. Best time to do this is while it is happening - hard I know. Breathe deeply and wait it out. Practice thought stopping. This is so scary but you will get through it. You have to convince your brain to stop this emotional response. Now, mind you it took counseling and medication before i could get it under control.
Good luck, Carol
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Not sure if anyone has ever experienced what I am going through now. For the past couple of months I've been going to sleep and waking up sometimes in the middle of the night with an anxiety attack. I'll wake up and immediately notice my heart is racing and I feel like I'm going to pass out and die. Very scary stuff! This has been happening for the past two months ever since my neighbor's 22 year old son suddenly passed away in his sleep. I know that this was the trigger. Has anyone experienced this before and what can I do to stop this. I find myself getting really anxious before bedtime cause I don't want it to happen every night. Therefore my anxiety just keeps on going and going and going. I hate that my anxiety is now associated with the once peaceful sleep I used to enjoy.
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