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Weird feeling while trying to fall asleep

There's honestly no way to really describe this feeling, but I'll try my best to explain. I've done this for years and can never find an answer as to what it could be. Whenever I'm trying to fall asleep I get shortness of breath. It almost feels like I'm suffocating and I can't get a deep enough breath in. My entire body also gets these weird indescribable tingling/twitching sensations. I can't lay still long enough to go to sleep because about every 5-10 seconds I get that weird feeling and it makes me have to move around. This doesn't happen to me every night, only occasionally. It seems like it happens the most when I take sleeping aids or if I'm really emotionally distraught. I was literally awake ALL NIGHT last night because of this and I still feel like I'm suffocating today even. Last night before I went to bed, I was having a really rough night. I sat on the couch and cried for hours. I was really depressed and honestly just wanted to die. I took some sleeping meds at around 2:00am, then once I layed down I started getting those weird feelings. I am diagnosed with anxiety and bi-polar. Could that be what is causing this? Should I tell my doctor?

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I get weird tingling/ twitching feeling it's mainly in my left Breast area under my armpit as that's the side I sleep on and in my legs and top of my back, pretty much all over but mainly under my armpit. Had it for a week constant now as well as stomach problems such as feeling bloated and trapped gas and my stomach and intestines twitching and moving it's horrible. I am fine during the day and don't have any muscle spasms it's only at night and I have had shortness of breath and racing of the heart but that's cause I've been waking up from nightmares last few nights. Mine is anxiety and panic disorder.


Sounds simulate to me I've been having breathing issues which I know is the anxiety, last night was horrible for me I kept waking up from all my symptoms, shortness of breath being one of them but I put earphones in and listened to this over and over and it helped put me to sleep especially because it drowned out other noises (my cat and husband lol) as when I am on high alert like that every sound jolts me awake. Give it a shot!



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