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Scared of falling asleep


My anxiety has been out of control lately and it has affected my sleeping drastically. I'm afraid of falling asleep and never waking up so Mind fights to stay awake. Idk why I feel like this but it's crippling and debilitating. I cannot cope right now and I have no hope that I will get through this. I'm tired but can't sleep. I feel unreal and I'm in a dream. I thought I was stronger than this. I was able to overcome my anxiety before, but right now I feel like a puppet and anxiety is in control of the strings.

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I too have felt these exact same things :(

Are you on any anxiety medication?

No, personally I don't feel comfortable trying them. I know it works for many people though, if it gets worse I'll consider taking medicine. What would you recommend?

I’m on .5 mg of lorazepam (adivan) when needed just to take the edge off and it really helps me

Thank you, I'm going to talk to my doctor about it ☺️

Been thru this also I know how you feel. What helped me was watching reruns of my favorite TV shows on my phone until I eventually I fell asleep without realizing it.

Good to know I'm not the only one, I usually will just spend time on Facebook until I pass out. Being on my phone before I sleep helps me relax a little bit

Sleeping is my favorite time of the day cuz I get to escape my anxiety for that time but as soon as I wake up I get a knot in my stomach. He got a sleep specialist, you could have sleep apnea?

I love to sleep, so when I have a hard time doing it, I get stressed and anxious. I don't think I have trouble breathing when I sleep, I just have a hard time calming myself before I go to sleep

I know about that, that's the only time I can escape from my anxiety I need a break from it.

I feel your pain, when i first got health anxiety I was the exact same, i spent 1 week scared to go to sleep in case I did not wake up i eventually had to get medication to calm me down as nothing else was working it was a low dose and only for a couple months to help me cope. How are u feeling now x

I've been ok, just feeling really sleep deprived. I have a 6 month old who wakes me up throughout the night constantly

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