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What will stop me being scared to sleep?

What will stop me being scared to sleep?

See therapist: It sounds like you need some help from a psychologist. Not getting enough sleep can cause emotional and physical health problems. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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I keep having the same nightmare every night- scared to sleep?

I keep having the same nightmare every night- scared to sleep?

Recurrent nightmares: Usually means that your mind is trying to work through an issue. Dreams are very symbolic, so it might not be readily apparent. Do you have any sense of what the underlying message is when you ponder your dream content? Try reflecting on this. If something is really eating at you - consider working through it with a therapist. Many of my patient's stop having a recurrent nightmare once they >. ...Read more

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What could cause me to wake up with a gasp? Now I'm scared to sleep.

What could cause me to wake up with a gasp? Now I'm scared to sleep.

Is this a pattern?: Are you a load snorer? Do stop breathing during sleep? If so, it might be related to sleep apnea. Another possibility is that you are waking up during or after a nightmare. ...Read more

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My kid age 2 yrs sometime get scared in sleep. Cried. Body stiff. Jerks too. But he is in sleep. What's the best way to relax him?

Take your son & a: Video of the stiffening/jerking movements to his pediatrician, who will tell you if he needs an overnight eeg to rule out nocturnal seizures. If it's a night terror, you can put your child in his own bed, drowsy but awake, at a consistent time after reading, soothing & brushing his teeth. If he's having night terrors, he'll have no recollection of them & you'll get a full night's sleep. ...Read more

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Getting the same nightmare every night for the past 2 weeks of being chased by a tall silhouetted man stood behind me all the time, scared to sleep?

Getting the same nightmare every night for the past 2 weeks of being chased by a tall silhouetted man stood behind me all the time, scared to sleep?

Nightmares: Nightmares can be terrifying, but are not generally serious. Have you had an argument with a teacher or coach or family member that might have triggered these dreams? Have you been a victim of violence of any kind? If these continue, please consult with an experienced psychologist who can help you discover what these dreams might mean for you, and how to control them. Help is available. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm scared to sleep due to frequent nightmares. What can I take for this?

I would encourage: You to be medically evaluated for this. Although there are many excellent medications for sleep, prazosin is a medication which is used off label to help nightmares and insomnia. It can be very effective. ...Read more

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I've been having nightmares recently, please help, I'm too scared to sleep?

I've been having nightmares recently, please help, I'm too scared to sleep?

Nightmares: Nightmares can come from a wide variety of sources, but are extremely common after traumatic experiences. Are you talking with anyone about your nightmares -- like a psychologist or psychiatrist? If your nightmares are so frequent you're afraid to sleep, it's time to see someone about them. In some cases, medications can help -- in others certain forms of psychotherapy are better. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am always too scared to sleep anymore because of these nightmares. What should I do?

I am always too scared to sleep anymore because of these nightmares. What should I do?

See a psychiatrist: If nightmares are interfering with your sleep to this extent, you need to be evaluated by a psychiatrist and/or sleep specialist. There are medications that can quickly decrease the frequency and intensity of nightmares, but you need to work with a psychiatrist or sleep specialist to decide which ones could work for you. ...Read more

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Why is tht wen my husband is not in bed wit me I get really bad nightmares? Now im scared to sleep alone cause I feel lik im goin 2 have a nightmare!

Why is tht wen my husband is not in bed wit me I get really bad nightmares? Now im scared to sleep alone cause I feel lik im goin 2 have a nightmare!

It depends: Is this a new problem, one you've had for a while, or one you overcame in the past but has come back? Either way, I can see why this disturbs you. Getting enough sleep? Feeling rested? Facing situations that seem "over your head"? Feeling sadness, or physical symptoms like stomach problems, tiredness, headaches. Please see a trusted medical provider SOON, who can help get you back on track. ...Read more

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Trying to sleep but my anxiety physical symptoms won't let me. They make me scared to sleep!

Trying to sleep but my anxiety physical symptoms won't let me. They make me scared to sleep!

I hear you...: Terrible place to be and one that becomes a negative spiral very quickly (no sleep-> poor functioning->nxiety-->poor sleep). Talk to a mental health professional about your anxiety. On the sleep front, here's a great article: https://www. Sleeprate. Com/faq_article/basic-rules-for-a-good-nights-sleep/ Focus more on getting up at same time, less focus on going to sleep early. ...Read more

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Is it rare for a 23yo female to just die in there sleep. So scared to sleep incase my heart stops?

Is it rare for a 23yo female to just die in there sleep. So scared to sleep incase my heart stops?

Sleep: It is very rare for otherwise healthy 23 y/o people to just die their sleep. On the other hand, anxiety disorder is very common and you sound like you need to see a Doc about your anxiety. ...Read more

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I have something stuck in my vagina and I can't get it out. It's really late and I'm scared to sleep before I get it out.?

I have something stuck in my vagina and I can't get it out. It's really late and I'm scared to sleep before I get it out.?

Q/W Dr. Greenleaf: If you are not able to remove a foreign object from your vagina - this may be to be done through the emergency room (since it sounds like it is already getting late). ...Read more

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I'm 19 and have very bad sleeping troubles, I have anxiety so I'm scared to sleep, IV been put on zopiclone 7.5mg has anyone taken this before?

I'm 19 and have very bad sleeping troubles, I have anxiety so I'm scared to sleep, IV been put on zopiclone 7.5mg has anyone taken this before?

A sleep specialist: Is the type of doc you need to see. He/she will probably do a sleep study. A clinical psychologist can also teach you some stress management. Peace and good health. Stop stimulating work 1 hour prior to bed such as computer use and stop stimulants like coffee, tea, sugar, etc. By noon. ...Read more

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How to stop intrusive thoughts? Scared to sleep as I think I will harm someone in my sleep or lose control while awake and harm someone. Am I crazy?

How to stop intrusive thoughts? Scared to sleep as I think I will harm someone in my sleep or lose control while awake and harm someone. Am I crazy?

Scared to sleep: Those symptoms could be signs of a few different diagnoses. If you are not yet seeing a psychiatrist for your depression, it might be a good idea to do so at this point. They have good evaluation tools to help narrow down what is could be. Consider changing from sertraline to viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) (great for anxiety), and be tested for the mthfr genotypes (677;1298)and get treated. Docs can help! ...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 temple hurt well not bad but it the one on the right and this just started hurting about a few minutes ago I'm 16 and I'm scared to sleep whatdoido?

My temple hurt well not bad but it the one on the right and this just started hurting about a few minutes ago I'm 16 and I'm scared to sleep whatdoido?

Headache: Try taking 2 tablets of Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen (Advil) drink a large glass of water, and try to relax and go to sleep. Close your eyes and lay down in a quiet dark room. These measures will probably relieve the pain. At your age, it is very unlikely to be caused by anything serious. ...Read more

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Sorry 4 so many questions I'm scared to sleep due to sudden change in ECG from normal to non specific t wave abnormality in a few hours exstreme aniexty Google says sign of serious problem?

Sorry 4 so many questions I'm scared to sleep due to sudden change in ECG from normal to non specific t wave abnormality in a few hours exstreme aniexty Google says sign of serious problem?

Not a problem: The T wave is the most labile wave in the ECG. T wave changes including low-amplitude T waves and abnormally inverted T waves may be the result of many cardiac and non-cardiac conditions. The normal T wave is usually in the same direction as the QRS except in the right precordial leads (see V2 below). See link for details but try not to get confused with medical jargon. Consult your MD for sp qs. ...Read more

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I am scared of sleeping alone in a closed quite room. Even a new born baby or a dog in a room makes me feel comfortable while sleeping what to do?

I am scared of sleeping alone in a closed quite room. Even a new born baby or a dog in a room makes me feel comfortable while sleeping what to do?

Sleep association: You have a sleep association disorder. It is usually found in children, and the way to treat it is to gradually reduce the availability of the reassuring thing. So if someone were to spend time with you at bedtime, but leave before you fall asleep, come back if necessary, but leave again, over a few days you might get over it. ...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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I was wondering if a lump hasn't changed in years will it be serious have had one above clivical bone for 8 years im so scared cant sleep?

I was wondering if a lump hasn't changed in years will it be serious have had one above clivical bone for 8 years im so scared cant sleep?

Unchanged is good: If a lump has not changed in 8 years it is very unlikely to be anything serious. It is probably a benign cyst or lymph node that swelled up during an infection and just never went down. Please see a doctor to have it checked to help reassure yourself, but really this is not much chance that something that has not changed in 8 years is anything to be concerned about. Breathe, relax. ...Read more

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I have reactive hypoglycemia. Last night I woke up in drenched sweat and palpitations. What could I do to prevent this I'm scared to sleep tonight.

I have reactive hypoglycemia. Last night I woke up in drenched sweat and palpitations. What could I do to prevent this I'm scared to sleep tonight.

Hypoglycemia: When you say reactive hypoglycemia, I hope you realize that means that your sugar drops as a reaction to something. If you know what your sugar level reacts to, then try to avoid the cause of your sugar drop. If your sugar tends to drop at night, you may consider a good caloric meal before bedtime, but again, looking for underlying cause will be more rewarding in treatment of it. ...Read more

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Cannot sleep even when very tired, scared of sleep paralysis and nightmares but have only ever had nightmares. Keeping me awake and very upset?

Cannot sleep even when very tired, scared of sleep paralysis and nightmares but have only ever had nightmares. Keeping me awake and very upset?

Time for evaluation: You are describing phobic behavior. To address and help it we must exclude health issues that could aggravate your stress and then help you gain tools to beat it. If your regular doc can exclude any health problems, you can find a therapist that can teach you how to get past these feelings. ...Read more

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Got startled awake by loud laughing, wasn't asleep for maybe 5 minutes. I've heard arrythmias can cause this. Long qt, brugada? I'm scared to sleep.

Got startled awake by loud laughing, wasn't asleep for maybe 5 minutes. I've heard arrythmias can cause this. Long qt, brugada? I'm scared to sleep.

Anxiety disorder: Anxiety disorder symptoms are common, Brugada and long QT lots less. See your doctor and discuss this problem. If you need cardiac work up you can get it, if you need more effective anxiety therapy likewise. ...Read more