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Over the last year, I've developed this fear of going to sleep. It's the idea that after I take my meds, I will fall asleep, and the next thing I'll experience is waking up that just completely freaks me out. I know that there's no way I can't NOT fall asleep after I take the Seroquel, and that loss of control is what's kicking my ass, I think. I've gone back to all the self-soothing behaviors I used to use as a kid. Rubbing my feet together, rubbing the blanket in my hand, stuff like that. I started taking Klonopin about 3 months ago, when it became pretty unbearable, and while it helps, it doesn't erase that fear. Has anyone else experienced this, and do you have any suggestions on how I could begin to deal with it. I'm at my wit's end. I have an appt with my psychARNP on Friday, but I'd love some feedback.

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I was afraid to go to sleep a few months back. I am a horrific insomniac, and have been for over 20 years. My hubby says I don't want to go to sleep because I don't like waking up and having it be a whole new day to have to "tackle" - and to some extent, I think he's right.

But it was also because I was having some nightmares (sometimes I still do) - and also because at the time, I was having these weird heart palpitations, that I believed were somehow related to the meds I was taking, and I was scared I was going to just die in my sleep, and not ever wake up again.

I went to a GP doctor, and he said that the heart issue was not due to my meds, and then they just sort of went away (for now), so I am not worrying about them anymore. The GP doctor thought it was anxiety related. My P-doc is going to put me on Buspar, next week, I think, for the anxiety.

But to answer your question, yes, I have been afraid to go to sleep. It was a fear that came, lasted about 3 weeks, and then left, so I am not sure what to say. I am not altogether sure why I felt those fears. I have some ideas why, but am not sure if I was right or not, and also not sure why they went away.

I know what that's like, though, and you have my sympathy. I hope you figure out a way to conquer them. I would tell my P-doc about this, if I were you - and just see what they say about it.

I wish you well,

- Susan

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I've definitely been terrified to go to sleep at various times, but I'm not sure its the same thing you're describing.

My hubby theorized that my fear was about, like Susan said, having to wake up in the same awful state and face things all over.

Although our fears aren't exactly the same, I can share what I do.

I take one of my dogs or cats to bed with me or my husband lays down with me until I fall asleep. If he isn't home, I turn on the radio. I also sleep on the couch with the tv on. If I'm taking a nap and I'm scared, I sleep in a brightly lit room.

Somehow, these things make sleep less "jarring" for me.

I hope this helps ;)

Peaceful sleep,


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