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Insomnia; weird sensation preventing me from sleeping

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So my anxiety in general has been way worse than normal for the past several weeks.  I've had a few panic attacks, which used to happen maybe once or twice a year, tops.  It's been rough.

To put it in perspective: 98% of my anxiety is health-related.  Any weird pain or sensation can set me off.  And until Thursday night, I was kinda on the mend.

Until I decided to take some Advil PM for a sore neck.  I'd taken the stuff plenty of times in the past without issue, and this seemed to be no different.  But then I woke up 2 hours later thanks to my dog scratching in my sleep, and when I tried going back to sleep, I'd feel this miserable kinda tingling-electricity-smothering feeling all over my body, which jolted me right away into an attack.  It kept happening every time I'd almost doze off.

Eventually it dissipated after a few hours and I was able to get some really disjointed sleep.

Ever since then, it's been a game of:

-doze off

-sleep hard for 5-6 hours 

-kinda wake up

-float in this weird half-awake period where I'm aware of everything around me but also dreaming, and kinda snap awake when I finally do feel myself drifting off, with that weird buzzing feeling thrown in there occasionally for good measure


Does this sound familiar to anyone?  Should I be worried?  I'm not even that vexed by the lack of sleep itself.  It's that sensation I described at the end that's getting me.  It's like something in my brain is literally preventing me from shutting down.

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Yes, very familiar. It's pretty common for us anxiety sufferers. Have you tried therapy? It's wonderful to learn about why we have developed anxiety in the first place and long-term to learn to live with it and to understand this disease and all it stands for. It also gives us a set of skills to differentiate what anxiety is and the many manifestations it has. 

 

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Hi MsLLL, thanks for the reply.  I was starting to think this board was a ghost town.

I'm currently in therapy.  In fact, I went to a session on Tuesday and ended up getting a decent night's sleep afterwards.  But last night the tingling feeling came back with a vengeance and I'm feeling like garbage again.  I also tried melatonin for the first time last night, which I will not be touching again (in case it made that sensation manifest itself again).

 

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It's very tough to believe at first anxiety can do this to us but yes, it can. You probably will struggle for a bit to fully accept what's happening, we all do. I firmly believe the quicker we realize what anxiety is and accept it, the better off we are in the long run. I have struggled for a while to understand and accept, ever since I did -and with the help of professional's and this forum- I'm free of it. If it comes back I know what it is and how to be ok. 

Mark gave you great advice. It's important not to let our mind wander to the what if's and get caught up in that  but to learn what anxiety can do and the power it has over our minds and therefore daily life. If we get caught up in the what if's we are still in the middle of it and not grasping the chance to free ourselves. But it takes time. You will get there! 

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