Re: OCD worse at night? Wake up panicky anyone?
I read this earlier and didn't think I had anything to contribute... two ideas crossed my mind and I thought maybe..
Anyway - it's probably that your minds are running on something, and your're having difficulty relaxing which is helping to cause you to wake like that.
So the obvious, if you haven't already, cut out any caffeine after 2PM and also food after dinner. cut out caffeine entirely if you can.
maybe something like a fan, or, one of those trickle water fountain things - you know, the little desktop fountains where the trickle of water over the stones.. in the bedroom may help calm and relax you. A gentle noise can help sooth and relax you a little more which might help. It helps me to have a fan going in the room for both the air circulation and the gentle noise...
And this may sound silly - but, has anything changed in your environment that you could subconciously be noticing? New PJ's, different light, new neighbors - anything that is missing from what your environment was or new could cause a startle response that you're not aware of the cause - (waking up and something is not right, or waking and realizing something normally is there isn't ....). - Maybe the noise of the furnace.... or the radiator...
Anyway - just thought I'd throw it out there.
Last edited by JomBobwe; 05-16-2009 at 11:37 PM.
Reason: more ideas