Sudden, odd case of insomnia--help me sleep!
February 3, 2013 12:39 PM Subscribe
My doctor's office is closed today but I am in desperate need of a good night's sleep tonight. Weird adrenal "fight or flight" response kicks in every time I'm about to hit REM.
posted by andariel to health & fitness (14 answers total)
I've been fighting a bit of a head cold, and one night last week I had a mild case of sleep apnea due to my nasal congestion that jolted me awake. Scared the crap out of me, and it's been difficult for me to sleep since. I have anxiety issues and have been under a good deal of stress in general (particularly in the past few weeks), so this bout of insomnia is tipping things over the edge. I've been averaging maybe 2-5 hours a night and I am just plain exhausted at this point.
I have my regular bedtime routine, nothing unusual. I take a hot shower and relax, but right as I'm drifting off, a shot of adrenaline zaps me awake. It's like my body is terrified of going to sleep. This keeps up all throughout the night. I took 0.25 mg of Xanax one night and that helped a little, but I don't feel like that is strong enough (my prescription is for 1-2 0.25 pills as needed so I could potentially take more).
During the day, I am a little more anxious than usual. I have GAD, panic disorder, and a case of hypochondria, but generally I've always been able to sleep at night without anything like this ever happening. My mind is racing with worst possible scenarios (losing my mind due to sleep deprivation, having a heart attack, dying in my sleep) and I am dreading nighttime. I need need NEED to stop Googling my symptoms because it's making me more nervous. I'm otherwise completely healthy, pretty sedentary, average BMI, no heart issues, no issues with snoring or sleep apnea or asthma.
How do I cope until I see my doctor? I know YANMD, but could it really be just anxiety that's causing this? How can I just get one GOOD night of sleep with this feeling going on?