Originally Posted by sahaira
I get this and it is SO weird... I can only assume that it is because of panic/and or anxiety. When I go to bed at night my chest automatically gets heavy like I can not get enough air (this starts 5 min after I lay down) then just as I start to drift off my body jerks me away b/c I feel like I am being choked. It happens forever and my body will not actually allow me to fall asleep. Finally I become exhausted and finally crash out. I would love to hear if anyone has had anything similar. I am debating seeing a doctor but they always tell me everything is panic/anxiety related.
BTW once I fall asleep, I stay asleep... its just for the first couple of hours.
Happens to lots of people with anxiety/stress/panic problems. It has something to do with the effects of stress and disrupted sleep phase transition. Often time the transitions to sleep are disrupted and people can have feelings of choking, jolting, adrenaline surges, paralysis, floating out of body experiences, dry mouth, incontinence, hallucinations visual or audio, sense a feeling of evil, or dread, night sweats etc etc.. You can have one or a combination of any of these symptoms depending on the person. This gets worse as the person develops and learns a fear of falling asleep after a while and turns into conditioned learned insomnia. Eventually all these will go away as your stress and anxiety tapers off. It has for me, and I seldom have these sleep phase issues anymore. The best thing to do to help yourself deal with this right now is try to accept any and all your symptoms as a part of anxiety. If you are worried that it's actually something physical then continue seeing your doctor or see some sleep specialists. The other thing you can do is make sure you don't take any naps during the day and to do some intensive excercising on a regular basis so that when you go to bed you'll fall in to a deep sleep right away due to exhaustion. Take care.