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Really sleepy. No physical exertation in any way just sudden sleepiness. Waking up with mild dry throat. Getting enough sleep. Fear of serious illness?

Really sleepy. No physical exertation in any way just sudden sleepiness. Waking up with mild dry throat. Getting enough sleep. Fear of serious illness?

Details?: There are many potential causes but you more likely are at the early stage of a cold. If the problem persists for more than a few days or worsens, better to get evaluated by a doctor. ...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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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

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I keep getting anxiety attacks as I'm drifting off to sleep because of my fear of dying. How can I get over my fear?

I keep getting anxiety attacks as I'm drifting off to sleep because of my fear of dying. How can I get over my fear?

Release phenomena: As we relax/let go, we can suddenly become fearful or go on high alert because of letting our guard down. Fear of dying is the ultimate letting go of control and control of the uncontrollable is at the root of panic attacks. Please see a mental health professional who specializes in anxiety disorders to learn skills to cope. Peace and good health. ...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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Afraid because I really hope I don't have to throw up because I have emetophobia (fear of throwing up). how do I get rid of this and get to sleep?

Afraid because I really hope I don't have to throw up because I have emetophobia (fear of throwing up). how do I get rid of this and get to sleep?

A phobia is an: Irrational fear, in this case of throwing up. Clinical hypnosis and self-hypnosis training can be helpful, as can other forms of therapy. Please see a clinical psychologist. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have a problem with sleep, fear of masturbate while sleeping every nite, and loosing health. What to do? Please help I'm getting weak

I have a problem with sleep, fear of masturbate while sleeping every nite, and loosing health. What to do? Please help I'm getting weak

Not the cause: While you may assume you are weak because of this it is not reasonable to do so. You cannot "masturbate " while asleep. It takes an awake & directed effort to do so. You can have a spontaneous nighttime emission of sperm, which is normal and not known to cause any medical problems. You may have a culturally guilt driven anxiety about the process, but these are based on myth. ...Read more

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Went to my docs I am suffering nightmares an not sleeping in fear of another nightmare was offered diazepan was I wrong to refuse the medication?

Went to my docs I am suffering nightmares an not sleeping in fear of another nightmare was offered diazepan was I wrong to refuse the medication?

No: If your nightmares are trauma related. Consider Prazosin 1mg at bedtime which helps prevent post traumatic stress disorder. If you can tolerate it and are not taking other blood pressure meds. ...Read more

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One night couldn't sleep, that's normal. The other night sleep was must, couldn't sleep, just a 2 hour fragile nap. Constant thought, fear of sleepless inso?

One night couldn't sleep, that's normal. The other night sleep was must, couldn't sleep, just a 2 hour fragile nap. Constant thought, fear of sleepless inso?

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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I have a flight in a couple weeks. I feel tingly, I can't breathe well or sleep. I have a fear of flying, is this anxiety?

I have a flight in a couple weeks. I feel tingly, I can't breathe well or sleep. I have a fear of flying, is this anxiety?

A Specific Phobia: Is an anxiety disorder treated by long-term exposure therapy & other therapies deemed necessary from evaluations by a psychiatrist & psychologist. Since your flight is soon, you may need an anti-anxiety medication like Xanax, (alprazolam) prescribed by a psychiatrist. If you can't be seen by one before your trip, talk to your doctor about short- & long-term treatments. Try any/all medication (s) before you fly ...Read more

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How to learn to cope with sleep paralysis & fear of sleeping in dark?

How to learn to cope with sleep paralysis & fear of sleeping in dark?

See below: It's recommended you consult a psychologist w/ a sleep medicine background to help you w/ alleviating your fears and concerns with sleep. If you are having sleep paralysis often and have excessive daytime sleepiness, it is recommended you consult a sleep medicine doctor as well to determine if there are other underlying sleep issues, such as sleep apnea or even narcolepsy. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how people learn to cope with sleep paralysis & fear of sleeping in dark?

Can someone tell me how people learn to cope with sleep paralysis & fear of sleeping in dark?

See below: It's recommended you consult a psychologist w/ a sleep medicine background to help you w/ alleviating your fears and concerns with sleep. If you are having sleep paralysis often and have excessive daytime sleepiness, it is recommended you consult a sleep medicine doctor as well to determine if there are other underlying sleep issues, such as sleep apnea or even narcolepsy. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it ok that my 4month old keeps turning to his side or belly when I put him down to sleep. The fear of SIDS concerns me?

Is it ok that my 4month old keeps turning to his side or belly when I put him down to sleep. The fear of SIDS concerns me?

Low risk: At this age, if he is developed enough to roll over, the risk is very low for SIDS, and neither of you will get rest if you keep turning him over. Other factors are important to avoid SIDS as well, such as a firm, smooth mattress, avoiding toys, pillows and blankets that could smother him, and avoiding all secondary smoke exposure and co-sleeping. He'll do well with a concerned parent like you. ...Read more

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Took 0.5mg Clonazapam for GAD to help me sleep the last 2 nights. Don't want to take it a third for fear of dependency. Would melatonin be a safe alt?

Took 0.5mg Clonazapam for GAD to help me sleep the last 2 nights. Don't want to take it a third for fear of dependency. Would melatonin be a safe alt?

Depends: Depends on if you're treating insomnia or anxiety. Melatonin generally helps insomnia. A treatment wIthout side effects or addiction possibility is available here: http://psychcentral. Com/news/2011/02/18/lifestyle-changes-as-treatment-for-mental-health-concerns-depression-anxiety/23670.html ...Read more

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How to deal with fear of being put to sleep for wisdom tooth extraction?

How to deal with fear of being put to sleep for wisdom tooth extraction?

Don't be: Probably not a concern, but if you don't want to be put to sleep, have the work done under local anesthesia (novacaine"). Seek consultation with a qualified oral surgeon who has 2-4 years of additional training in extractions and anesthesia beyond what he learned in dental school. ...Read more

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Fear of being put to sleep for wisdom tooth extraction. How safe is this?

Extremely: The general anesthesia skills required are part of every oral surgeon specialist's training and experience. Be absolutely fully forthcoming with your answers during your pre-surgical work-up, and you should have no problems. If you have concerns, discuss them with your specialist before the day of surgery. ...Read more

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I'm really tired, can't sleep, fear of dying, imagine worse case scenario, very emotional, light headed, dizzy, back feels stiff?

Many Possibilities: It seems you are struggling with both physical and psychological issues. In order to receive an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment, contact your primary care physician. He/she will take a detailed history and perform a physical examination. If any lab tests or studies are needed your md can take care of that as well. Don't wait to seek help. Call your md today. Take care and good luck. ...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