Re: Sleep Anxiety Jolts?
I have been experiencing this problem almost every night since October or November of last year. I have had anxiety attacks since 1999 but this is totally different from panic or anxiety. I think you may be right about the sleep apnea but I've gone to a sleep study and they said I was perfectly fine. Of course, the fear thing didn't happen that night!
It doesn't matter what position I sleep in and over the past few months, it has gotten worse, more intense, and happens more than once before I can finally go to sleep. Just as I'm hitting sleep, a sort of slow wave of fear spreads through the center of my chest. Like it's coming from my soul or something. My heart doesn't race and it's tolerable but it does scare the crap out of me. I have to completely wake myself up and try to go back to bed again or it will just keep happening over and over in waves.
This all started happening when I decided to try to get off of Effexor. I was taking the minimum dose, 37.5 mg, and slowly weaned myself by taking out 10-20 beads of the capsule every few weeks over a period of about 2 months. There are about 96 beads in a capsule. When I got down to 20 beads, I was having terrible insomnia. I started a new job and decided I had to be able to sleep so I went right back to my regular dosage and have been on that same dose since. It makes me wonder if that crossed some wires in my brain or something. I'm not thinking about anything when it happens, just sleeping. There are also times when I wake up just after falling asleep because I feel like I'm holding my breath or just not breathing. I'm going for an MRI this week and pray that I will find some answers. In addition, I've had more frequent urination and terrible heartburn but I'm not sure if that's related. Sorry to be so lengthy but I don't know how else to explain. Thanks for offering to help, I sure hope you can. I'm not sure if this is the same type of thing "Binary" is experiencing but if so, maybe we have some other symptoms or reasons in common?