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Just want sleep

Hey everyone

I'm sure I'm not the only one who just wants sleep. Is that really too much to ask for the anxiety to go away so I can relax and sleep.

I had fallen asleep in the recliner writing in my journal then woke up to get ready for bed and as soon as I woke my anxiety started. I couldn't really see right my heart was pounding hands were numb I felt shaky and all I could think was oh goodness I'm gonna end up going to the hospital but NO I can't let it get to me. I can't let it win.

Here I lye in bed afraid to sleep tho. Afraid of an attack.

Any suggestions???

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Hi Donna!

So I had a bit of a rough night last night as you read. I wish I had a suggestion for you to get some sleep, because if I did, I would use it too, to get some sleep for myself. I'm not sure if this is happening with you, but I think I let myself get way too tired before going to bed, to the point that I'm dozing and trying to fight it. Tonight I'm going earlier, I think I'll be more relaxed.

What happened, was that I was consulting Dr Google and decided I have an ulcer. I still think that's the case though, Dr Google and all. It's giving me discomfort in the upper abdomen. I even think, now, that this is what I have been getting all along that's triggered the panic attacks, and also wakes me up at night. I thought previously, it was any one of a few other things, the sleep apnea choking effect among those. I don't think that anymore. It really does seem to be this continual belching and abdomen discomfort.

So back to Dr Google. He said that cabbage juice is the magic cure all for ulcers. Many many Dr's Google say that, as well as the goodness of juice generally. So off I goes to the fruit n veg store to buy some cabbage, carrots, ginger, celery, lemon, avocado, etc. Dragged out the juicer I haven't used in awhile and made a nice BIG glass of cabbage, carrot and celery juice, with some ginger in it. Down the hatch that goes, just before bed time and like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, not long after, I turned into the monster! Massive gas! I mean of biblical proportions... I know, too much info! But it was more wind and bloating than gas, back out the mouth.

I'd already not got a good nights sleep the night before, so I was exhausted and even dropped off while writing that post you replied to. You and I have discussed this matter before, so we both know about it. I woke with a startle but my feet and hands stayed asleep, real weird stuff. I was panicy and belching and generally abdominally uncomfortable, exhausted and fighting sleep, because the awareness of dropping off was freaking me out, but I didn't want to go to sleep until the wind had cleared.

Back to Dr Google, who then told me that, yes, cabbage juice, while great for helping with an ulcer, usually creates bad wind! Oh derrrr, I know that! (now) So I will just make smaller glasses of juice from now on and not have ANYTHING within three or four hours of going to bed.

The wind eventually cleared, I relaxed, and allowed myself to fall asleep at about 5 am. I got about three hours sleep, then had to get up and go to work. It's about 9 pm now, and I'm going to hit the hay before I get freakishly dozey like last night.

Maybe this story can help you a bit, and others. I hope so. Sounds as though you're having a rough trot too. I'm finding at the moment, I need a distraction to fall asleep to like the TV, actually Lost in Space works a treat! So I sleep on the lounge as upright as I can. I set the TV sleep timer and usually I'm asleep within minutes, due to the exhaustion.

Like you, there are good and bad days. Been a few bad ones lately, not very happy. I'm lucky in one way, I don't seem to be getting over the top panic attacks any more, just low intensity ones. I don't know whether it's the Zoloft working or the myriad of supplements I'm taking, or both. But things generally aren't as bad as they were weeks ago.

If you can consciously relax yourself, breathe calmly and slowly and try to put your mind in a nice spot, or provide a distraction, you might be able to drift off without being aware of it. Remember, if you're NOT having a panic attack, You're NOT having a panic attack! Get it? I wish I could use my own advice, though!

"It's the soul, afraid of dying

That never learns to live"



Hi pink :-) only suggestion I have is ask dr for something to aid sleep. Camomile tea even? Soak in the bath lavender essential oils, light out, candles, relaxing music, deep breaths. Or a day by the sea? That kinda fresh air sometimes makes me sleep real well. Hope you sleep better tonight


Hello Evey

How are you doing?

I honestly feel so lost right now. I don't even know where to begin with how I feel.

I feel like I'm not really here and weak and numb and sometimes it's hard to breathe :(


Oh yeah, that sounds great. Think I'll try it!


Hi pink :-) know how you feel Hun I'm the same at the mo....hence awake at silly o' suffering too at the mo....every illness and ailment going through my mind


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