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Anxiety stopping me from sleeping

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Getting really bad chest pain tonight and it’s sending me into a spiral. I keep getting a sharp pain under my left breast and I feel like I can’t breathe. I’m so tired I just want to sleep but my mind just won’t stop telling me that I’m going to have a heart attack or die. I hate nights like this, everything is so quiet while my mind is so loud and it makes me feel so alone.

Not really a question, just have no one to talk to and need to vent.

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Vent away, that's what we're here for! I know it's the middle of the night-I'm in Wales too, but break the cycle by getting up and doing something boring. Try to avoid eating and drinking and using mobile devices like your phone, cos that could mess up your body clock. Put some washing on, do some cleaning, anything mundane that won't stimulate your brain, reading a predictable book that you've read before. Then as soon as you start to feel sleepy, go to bed and make sure you're not too hot. Good luck. Now I'm off to take a bit of my own advice! Hope you feel better in the morning x

Solid advice here 👆 eternalsunsh1ne

I read this last night and it helped! thank you so much x

Glad to help x

Is it possible that you're experiencing stomach/bloating/trapped air/acid or something of that nature? I can't even count the number of times I had sharp pains in the chest cavity that ended up being nothing but convinced me I was going to die any second.

I feel like that is very likely. It's still happening but not as bad now, I just start worrying and then it spirals out of control!

You need to stop that reaction, that's all anxiety is. The only way you'll ever be able to do that with cardiophobia is to be tested, even though it's probably more likely that you'll be struck by lighting 4 times in one week than have a heart attack. I've been going through exactly the same things. You may want to read through some of my comments, might help a bit. Always here to chat if you need. Good luck.

I had some tests done a few months ago and they were fine which I try and keep telling myself. Thank you so much for the reassurance though

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