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I can't sleep in the fear of being hurt during my sleep, when I actually fall asleep, I get the feeling of falling and wake up, how can I get sleep?

I can't sleep in the fear of being hurt during my sleep, when I actually fall asleep, I get the feeling of falling and wake up, how can I get sleep?

Sleep: If you are actually hurting yourself, it could be some illusion, you seem to be getting nightmares, please rule out rbd or slow wave sleep disorders, sleep study may be needed. ...Read more

Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! This is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more


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What can I do to get over my fear of sleeping? I'm so scared that I'm going to get sleep paralysis and when I do fall asleep I keep jerking awake

What can I do to get over my fear of sleeping? I'm so scared that I'm going to get sleep paralysis and when I do fall asleep I keep jerking awake

Somniphobia: Hi Helena, you may find this article informative: http://www. Webmd. Com/sleep-disorders/features/fear-of-sleep#1.
In addition, some of my patients have found this book useful: https://dreamstudies. Com/shop/ebooks-kits/sleep-paralysis-kit/? ap_id=endyoursleepdeprivation
Hope this is helpful. Take care. ...Read more

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I have an irrational fear and anxiety that if I don't use smokeless tobacco before I go to sleep that I won't be able to fall asleep. I had insomnia for years. I no longer have it. But, I can't escape the irrational fears and anxiety that I have abou?

I have an irrational fear and anxiety that if I don't use smokeless tobacco before I go to sleep that I won't be able to fall asleep. I had insomnia for years. I no longer have it. But, I can't escape the irrational fears and anxiety that I have abou?

Real help: I'm glad you feel comfortable sharing your concern here, but if you'd like to get better you'll need to seek professional help outside the internet.

Begin with your primary care doctor and request a referral to a qualified psychotherapist. These symptoms could be from a variety of problems and you obviously are experiencing distress, so you owe it to yourself to get the right help. ...Read more

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I have tried to fall asleep for hours now and my body and mind won't let me. I dose off and I get a kind of a fear feeling. What is this?

I have tried to fall asleep for hours now and my body and mind won't let me. I dose off and I get a kind of a fear feeling. What is this?

Hyperarousable state: You are developing performance anxiety and a hyperaroudsable state. Youshould look into changing your sleep hygiene and /or schedule. I would suggest you see a sleep physician before this continues to get worse. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from severe aviophobia (fear of flying). I would like to get recommendations for medicines that help me fall asleep quickly and which are suitable for a 3 hour flight.?

I have been suffering from severe aviophobia (fear of flying). I would like to get recommendations for medicines that help me fall asleep quickly and which are suitable for a 3 hour flight.?

I don't know: Of any that will knock you for only 3 hours. The shortest I know if -recommend that you be able to dedicate at least 4 hours to sleep. Have you considered cognitive behavioral therapy or acupuncture to decrease symptoms? ...Read more

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Can energy pills cause your pupils to be dilated? I have worked tremendous hours and have taken over the suggested usage of stacker2 7-phenyl stack... I have to be back at work in 3 hours and I am unable to fall asleep and don't really want to in the fear

Can energy pills cause your pupils to be dilated? I have worked tremendous hours and have taken over the suggested usage of stacker2 7-phenyl stack... I have to be back at work in 3 hours and I am unable to fall asleep and don't really want to in the fear

Stacker2: Stacker2 7-phenyl stack is not a fda approved medication. It has stimulants in it that could cause your pupils to be dilated. It has not been found to have proven safety or efficacy in medical studies. One study by the mayo clinic found this supplement to be associated with stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attacks. ...Read more

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I finished my first year of college and I realized that my fear of tests will never go away. In the hours leading up to one or perhaps even days, I will start to become by thoughts of fear of not doing well. I barely get a full night of sleep and have nev

I finished my first year of college and I realized that my fear of tests will never go away. In the hours leading up to one or perhaps even days, I will start to become by thoughts of fear of not doing well. I barely get a full night of sleep and have nev

VRT for Phobias: Phobias and anxieties respond well to Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT). VRT is exposure therapy in a safe environment. The research suggests VRT is 90% effective. Seek out a therapist who uses VRT in your area. You can find providers through www. Psious. Com, www. Limbix. Com, or www. Virtuallybetter. Com. ...Read more

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While in the sleep I find colors infront of me and I also fear a lot fot this that I will dye. Why this happens to me?

Check up and: A good examination/follow up and maybe some labs would be necessary anyway since you mention you have hypertension at 30. This is a good opportunity to ask your dr. If the phenomena is related to it. A psychiatrist evaluation will also be clarifying. Do not fear, just take action asap; you survived the previous episodes. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce anxiety feelings/fears. I get more scared to sleep at night, I don't take medication. I seriously want to end this routine : (?

What can I do to reduce anxiety feelings/fears. I get more scared to sleep at night, I don't take medication. I seriously want to end this routine : (?

A mental health: Can diagnose the type of anxiety you are dealing with. He/she can also teach you some strategies to manage it w, ell, e.g., self-hypnosis, meditation, biofeedback etc. A self help book you and add in addition is the relaxation response by cardiologist herbert benson. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My fear of death or anything death related (OCD basically) is really overpowering me I can't sleep calmly or go to school optimistically, help?

My fear of death or anything death related (OCD basically) is really overpowering me I can't sleep calmly or go to school optimistically, help?

Online help is not: The answer, but you can help yourself by seeing your doctor for a check-up & referral to a psychiatrist for evaluation of your OCD & to rule out accompanying anxiety disorders or other psychiatric illnesses. Also seek referral to a psychologist for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Examine the barriers that have prevented your seeking appropriate care, then get over them. ...Read more

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Does sleep deprivation cause irrational fears?

Does sleep deprivation cause irrational fears?

It may: Sleep is required to function normally as a human. Sleep deprivation can cause many side effects including, but definitively not limited to (the list is long), Anxiety, depression, mania, confusion, psychosis, etc. Etc. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high anxiety, sleep fears?

What to do if I have high anxiety, sleep fears?

Build a new routine: And stick to it. Don't take naps. Turn off all lights (including LEDs from phone or TV clocks). Use relaxation techniques. Meet with a psychologist who specializes in hypnosis. They can help you overcome your fears. Hope this helps ...Read more

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I's emetophobia curable? Because it's ruining my life, I sleep with a bucket next to me out of fear. I want it to stop.

I's emetophobia curable? Because it's ruining my life, I sleep with a bucket next to me out of fear. I want it to stop.

Unfortunate: Unusual and sounds like Professional Counseling in this instance I suggest a Board Certified PSYCHIATRIST! Phobias SPREAD and MULTIPLY and TREATMENT is available from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to Psychoanalysis!
Hope this helps!


Dr Z ...Read more

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It has been 1.5 years since I have been facing trouble to sleep at NIGHT. It's not insomnia, but it's more like a fear of death that haunts me.?

It has been 1.5 years since I have been facing trouble to sleep at NIGHT. It's not insomnia, but it's more like a fear of death that haunts me.?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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What can I do to make myself tired, because of fear I can't sleep. My anxiety is just too strong arty night what can I do or take to feel safe?

Anx & insomnia: It sounds like it's time to schedule a consultation with a psychiatrist who can review effective treatments for anxiety with you. Anxiety treatments include talk therapy (psychotherapy) and medication options. A psychiatrist can review the risks, benefits, and side effects of these with you, and devise a plan to have you feeling better ASAP. In the mean time, am exercise can help sleep & anxiety. ...Read more

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Serious fear of sleeping alone in the dark. I have to sleep with the light on when by myself. It's annoying what can I do? What condition is this?

Serious fear of sleeping alone in the dark. I have to sleep with the light on when by myself. It's annoying what can I do? What condition is this?

High anxiety: Fear of sleeping alone in the dark may reflect separation anxiety, most often seen in younger children. However, earlier fears and habits can persist into adulthood. Using a night light or keeping the light on is not a big deal if you don't disturb others. This fear may also reflect past trauma that you've "forgotten." A mental health professional can give you more guidance. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I can’t sleep at night. I have a fear that someone will break into my room. When I get that feeling, I’m frozen in fear. I force myself to stay awake?

Sleepless/fears: This could be the beginning of panic/worries often appear at night. If you notice fast breathing during these episodes, slow your breathing down (can blow 20 x in a paper bag). If it occurs not just at bedtime but
other times, see mental health MD to see if medical treatment might help anxiety. Read, listen to calm music as routine before going to bed. Welcome to
healthtqp, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more

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I want to know what's the 'fear of sleeping alone' called?

I want to know what's the 'fear of sleeping alone' called?

Close definitions: Autophobia- fear of being alone. Clinophobia- fear of going to bed. Somniphobia- fear of sleep. ...Read more

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What can I do about the fear of sleep paralysis?

What can I do about the fear of sleep paralysis?

Nothing: It is normal to be unable to move during sleep. If you are fearful about this, best to see a psychologist to help get over this fear. ...Read more

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I'm scared to sleep in my home. How do I get rid of this irrational fear?

I'm scared to sleep in my home. How do I get rid of this irrational fear?

CBT for some works: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 25 male. I've had recurring symptoms of sleep paralysis since I was 18. How do I avoid it and why is accompanied with fear and dark figures?

Hi I'm 25 male. I've had recurring symptoms of sleep paralysis since I was 18. How do I avoid it and why is accompanied with fear and dark figures?

REM sleep: This occurs in rem sleep when you dream, hence the association. It may not be possible to treat it but you should try the best possible diet avoiding caffeine and all forms of sugar, pop, ice cream etc. If it does not work, your overall health will be better. ...Read more

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Once I had a exam and I was not able to sleep for 2 hours due to exam fear. Since than whenever I have exams I have severe anxiety. What should I do?

Once I had a exam and I was not able to sleep for 2 hours due to exam fear. Since than whenever I have exams I have severe anxiety. What should I do?

CBT for Test Anxiety: Sounds like symptoms of test anxiety which is a form of social anxiety. More specifically, test anxiety is treated like a performance anxiety, in which thoughts about an exam trigger anxiety symptoms and typically lead to overarousal and poor performance due to attentional resources being negatively effected. Look up cognitive behavioral therapy for test anxiety. ...Read more

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Can your heart just simply stop, if you are healthy and have no heart conditions? I have Generalised Anxiety. So when I go to sleep, this fear comes

Can your heart just simply stop, if you are healthy and have no heart conditions? I have Generalised Anxiety. So when I go to sleep, this fear comes

Logically, no: Logically speaking, one cannot have no heart conditions and have his heart suddenly stop. That is because sudden cessation of heart contractions, without outside influence, is itself an abnormal heart condition. Therefore, if his heart were to suddenly stop by itself, he would have a heart condition, logically speaking. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more