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Old 24-08-08, 03:14
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Strange sensations when trying to sleep

This is my first post and I am starting to feel quite frightened. This past week whenever I have tried falling asleep I get a "rush" feeling to my head as I try and relax. Sometimes it feels as if it is comng from the pit of my stomach on up. I have had "falling sensations" before, but this has gone on too long. Now, I tend to wake up with similar symptoms. I may hear my son cough or some other noise and I wake up and get that feeling in my stomach and then another rush. I keep feeling these things while I am asleep and I am almost convinced something is wrong with me. I am exhausted. Basically, i lost my grandmother back in March which has triggered severe anxiety and panic attacks for me. I have been to the hospital twice and had to call 911 once. All tests came back fine (EKG, blood work, X-rays, even a CAT scan of my brain). I got to a point where I was getting better, then recent less severe stressors triggered more anxiety for me and I feel I am back to square one, but without actual panic attacks this time. I am constantly worrying about my health and these recent symptoms aren't helping. I am afraid to sleep but I am so tired I just have to -- only to be rudely awakened a short time later with these weird sensations. I'm scared. Thank you for listening.
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Old 24-08-08, 10:00
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Re: Strange sensations when trying to sleep

I get this too. For me I think it is something to do with falling asleep and "losing control" when I do so, since I am anxious in general at the moment. Of course it then wakes me up and I panic a bit, then it only makes it harder to go to sleep. I'm pretty sure it is anxiety with me and also linked to actually falling asleep in the bed, because I fall asleep very easily if I am in the lounge watching TV etc! Very annoying. Eh, its not bedtime now so I can tell you that I think it is part of the anxiety... rationally, but it is still scary when I am trying to go to sleep and then I start the "maybe there IS something wrong with me". Argh.
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Old 24-08-08, 10:22
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Re: Strange sensations when trying to sleep

i got this when my anxiety was really bad it is an awful feeling, you kind of feel a rush and like you are your organs are just going to stop working, is so scarey you should try and do some relaxation breathing breath in for 7 and out for 11 this really helped me get my breathing under control and also made me realise i was feeling this way becasue i wasnt breathing properly which causes the rushes hope this helps alittle xxxx
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Old 24-08-08, 13:40
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Re: Strange sensations when trying to sleep

when falling asleep and waking up its totally normal to have a lot of weird sensations, so try to remind yourself its normal and the sensation will soon go away x
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Old 24-08-08, 22:48
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Re: Strange sensations when trying to sleep

Hello !! I am only 18 but I think I can relate to you. I started getting panic attacks starting this summer. In the beginning, everytime I tried sleeping I would get a rush/wierd sensation all over my body which would force me to jerk back up. I felt like my heart was going to stop and I felt very light headed and I just didn't feel right. I researched a lot, and it's because our anxiety is triggered by stress and a lot of emotion. This is causing a lot of tension to our body and our body is not used to being 'relaxed.' I used to get panic attacks everytime I woke up from a nap or whenever I tried going to sleep. After awhile, I got used to it and it went away. Recently, I started getting that wierd sensation again but all you have to do is relax and accept it. It's all just a symptom. I feel the same way you do, the worst part of my day is the time when i'm trying to go sleep. But it'll get better soon keep your head up!
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Old 25-08-08, 09:57
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Re: Strange sensations when trying to sleep

Hello, I have had this too when things are really bad and it is sooo horrible, but it does pass, I have tried lots of stuff and have a really helpful doctor. If it is soo bad I can't sleep I hav diazapam just for one or two nights then a couple of nights of nytol and then usually I have calmed down enough to sleep. I know lots of people do not like tablets but I use diazapam under my doctor but probably only use 8 tablets during a year.
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Old 25-08-08, 11:11
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hiya this is probably the same sort of thing, I get weird symptoms when I wake up, its like I have had weird dreams, and I get my thoughts rushing into each other, I am thinking really weird random things, this then sets me up for panics and I start imagining I have some really strange mental illness this then sets up the whole sorry cycle for the day, its really strang but I dont worry about having weird symptoms falling asleep. If I do I put it down to my body shutting down for the night


anyone else troubled by this,

cheers me dears
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Old 25-08-08, 21:48
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Thank you all so very much for your reply. It meant a lot to me so many of you responded to me, and reassured me. I had one good night sleep since I wrote this, but last night while i was sleeping, I kept feeling that "rush" again. I didn't wake up this time, though, but my thoughts about it have been with me all day. I am afraid to go to bed not certain what the night will bring. Even durning the day I have just started feeling just weird -- almost like I need to stretch a lot. And, when I am not feeling that, I am left with a "fuzzy" sensation under my skin in my legs and lower back and now in my arms. I can't explain it. It's so unnerving. I am pooped! You all take care, and thanks again for being there for me. I hope at some point I can return the favor. All my best, Wiskers ~
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