Hi everyone. I have had a problem with anxiety for a number of years but kept it at bay. Never gone always in the background but not limiting me from enjoying most of my life.
I just took a new job and now I’m struggling. I am doing pretty good during the day with some self talk and not letting all the feelings get to me but the last few nights I have been waking up from a dead sleep in full blown panic attack mode. After 30 minutes or so I will be calmed down enough to go back to sleep but when I do I immediately wake back up gasping for air. I do have sleep apnea but have been successfully treating it for 15+ years and even when it wasn’t under control I never woke up gasping for air so I think this has something to do with anxiety and being tense even while I am asleep. I am very tired, but scared to fall asleep because one of these times I fear I won’t wake up. Any thoughts? How do I control my anxiety when I am sleeping? Note: I do not have panic attacks during the day. If one comes on I can quickly get rid of it.