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Sleeplessness due to fear

Hello iam 22 yr old n iam suffering from sleeplessness from 2 yr...there is unreasonable fear and negative thoughts about falling sleep which iam not able to contrl while sleeping ...making my sleep disturbed...its very hard to fall sleep due to such fear...now iam somewhat able to sleep...but there are the symptoms like numbness, chest pain, fear about future...when sleep is good the symptoms are less...but feeling worried...can i rocover to normal without medications......plz help.
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Dr. Sonia Malhotra
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Dear sir, You seem to be suffering from an anxiety disorder. This is a fairly treatable condition and the GOOD NEWS IS that it can be treated with cognitive behavior tharepy, as per your liking. Medicines have a second-line role. Pls meet a psychiatrist at the earliest for the treatment. Please feel free to contact me in pune for treatment if you wish.
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Ms. Hema Sampath
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Its good that you feel that you sleep nowadays.  Still the side effects of stress or Anxiety is all that you have mentioned as symptoms. You can definitely work on this and lead a peaceful and healthy life by Co sultan a professional Counsellor.  Take care.
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Hi.... Exercise and stay active. Activity helps promote a good night's sleep. Get at least 20 to 30 minutes of vigorous exercise daily at least five to six hours before bedtime.... Avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol and don't use nicotine. All of these can make it harder to sleep. Avoid caffeine after lunchtime. Avoiding alcohol can help prevent restless sleep and frequent awakenings..... Stick to a sleep schedule. Keep your bedtime and wake time consistent from day to day, including on weekends....
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Ms. Sneha Bhat
Counselling Psychologist 3 yrs exp Bangalore
Hi, You seem to be suffering from hypnophobia or sleep dread. It is an extremely hard situation you have been facing as you are dreading the very thing that has the capacity to help you out of all physical, emotional & psychological ailments, the sleep. In this state even if you manage to sleep, you do not let yourself transition to deep sleep easily. Good news is that you have already faced the anxiety to a great extent & managed to come out of the issue partially. Next step you are to take is to pay attention to the thoughts & emotions which occur before you fall sleep to understand the source of dread & convert the anxiety into specific fear. Say the fear of nightmares or of not being in control of something happening to you while sleeping. Once you come to this stage, further understand the source of fear including specific incidents which might have triggered this anxiety before 2 years. I am sure you would manage to come out of this issue on your own. If it seems difficult, do not hesitate to consult a psychologist or psychiatrist, who should be of assistance. Continue to be the fighter & a strong person you are. Take Care.
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