Anxiety at night worse?

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Sharann
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   Posted 2/24/2007 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Is this normal? If I am depressed it happens during the morning usually, but my anxiety if it happens is almost always in the evening/night time. I just wondered how others feel and deal with it. I have a hard time at night in bed especially if I am overtired I think and then I start panicking and have to calm myself down. Insomnia is a given but has been improving.
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GFK
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   Posted 2/24/2007 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am the same way - my worst time is at night too (though I think we are a minority here!). I think it is because I'm not busy and my mind has too much free time.

If it acts up before bedtime, usually distraction works. If I'm still on edge when I go to bed I'll listen to a nature sounds cd with earphones and do relaxation excercises. If you have problems sleeping, it may help even if you're not anxy.

Karen

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   Posted 2/24/2007 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Karen. I have many tricks I use too like audio.
I have resigned to take 1/2 to 1 Klonopin tablet if I start feeling too anxious. The Pdoc
said to take one if I get that "uh oh" feeling. I hate taking the dang drugs but I only take it when I
have to and only take 1mg or less a day if any at all. I guess I feel like I should not need the drugs?
Silly huh?
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   Posted 2/25/2007 1:04 AM (GMT -7)   
My anxiety hits me hardest in the mornings and at night. The worst of the worst are almost always at night. In fact, quite a bit of the time I'll be feeling good and have an attack just as I'm about to go to bed. I'm not sure what the psychological issue behind that could be. I've also had a particularly bad week this week and have woken up in the middle of the night several times. That's fairly unusual for me.

As for dealing with it, I have no prescriptions or anything so it can be pretty hard. Sometimes I write. I used to be a photographer, and sometimes I'll get out the camera and take photos of meaningless stuff around the house. Now and then I'll wash dishes. Play a little guitar. Play Tony Hawk Pro Skater. Call a friend on the phone if I catch it early enough. Most often I just stand around and wait, though, reminding myself that it will pass soon. If it gets out of hand that's pretty much all I can do because it annoys me that I can't concentrate on anything else.

Being too tired can definitely make things worse, I know that.

krushedspritecan
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   Posted 2/26/2007 12:40 AM (GMT -7)   
My anxiety is def worse at night. I notice it most when im really tired.. I can feel my breathing slow down...which is normal for sleeping, but it makes me freak out.. So i usually Get up and walk around the house then try to go to sleep again..

Georgiak
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   Posted 2/26/2007 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
The nights seem to be the worst for me too. I had started doing some relaxation cd's and that has helped calm me down.

Georgia

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   Posted 3/4/2007 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I too find night time hard, as I let my mind go into overdrive just as I go to bed, resulting in full-blown war fare with my partner and it just escalates out of control. I panic that he's cheating on me and in love with someoen else and it drives me insane. I usually flee the house wanting to disappear - not him, the noise in my head.
The last 2 weeks has been better as we have chosen to be apart and as yet no melt-downs. Maybe I will need to be on my own to survive life

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   Posted 3/4/2007 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I think our minds go into overdrive at nght, especially when we go to bed. When my anxiety was really bad, I would be worse at night as I had time to lay and think about things and then those thoughts would escalate and I would lay there with my heart thumping away and feel awful.

I tried a relaxation tape at night which sometimes helped but now my meds are helping and I am feeling better, the night anxiety has reduced.

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Baileykitty
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   Posted 3/30/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there! I am in the same boat as most you on this page. My anxiety is worse at night. It is mostly when I am alone with nothing to do or no one around to preoccupy my time and thoughts. I think that it is worse at night due to the quietness and the fact that I am left to deal with all my thoughts. I have tried Valerian Root and it seems to help. This really sucks though because I have just started getting anxiety attacks and I am almost 30yrs old.

alwayslove
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   Posted 3/30/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
sometimes when i feel like i am realllly tired i start to panic and think that'll i'll pass out and i wont be able to help it. it seems ridiculous but it even happens when i'm trying to fall asleep at night....i'll be in the "half asleep half awake" place and suddenly jolt myself awake freaking out that i was going to lose control and fall asleep....even though i want to fall asleep lol...it's silly but it's definitely something i do.

When my anxiety is at it's worst i wake up at about 5:30 am and start pacing or i run into my parents room and freak out until somebody calms me down....so ya, anxiety can definitely be at it's worst at night.

I also get a paniced feeling when im overtired ...you start to think "oh my gosh im need to get some sleep i have to fall asleep i have to fall asleep" and then you get too worked up to fall asleep. One thing i try is to jump in the shower for a couple or minutes and literally tell myself not to think about it over and over again. I lay in bed and recite "nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing" and it seems to work. you can also try that technique where you focus on your foot, make it really tense, then relax it....then do your right foot and work your way up to your head. every time you start thinking "ahhhh i need to sleep!!!!!!" just tell yourself it doesnt matter "dont think about it dont think about it dont think about it"

good luck and hopefully sweet dreams are in your near future!


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billy85
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   Posted 1/2/2012 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem. I have suffered from anxiety for about 5 years sometimes its worse than other times. We are a minority and people even doctors can make out that it can't really be that bad. I would not wish it on my worst enemy the feeling that I am dying every night. I have tried many ways to help me get to sleep without anxiety but without success. I am going to try these audio relaxation tapes to see if that helps. I have never tried any medication as my doctor says I do not need any. It sounds bad but it comforts me to know that there are other people in the same boat then I know I am not going mad.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 1/2/2012 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Billy and welcome!

I am sorry that you have had trouble with anxiety at night that is affecting your sleep...that is miserable:(

It is pretty common to lose sleep when we are anxious, but as you can see, there are a lot of good tips here to try. You could also do a search here at Healing Well that would give you lots of other threads to read. I am sure that they will also give you some good information:)

Personally, I find exercise to be a great sleep inducer. Just make sure that your workout is not too close to bed. Melatonin, Gaba and L-Theanine are good suppliments to consider. Those are my helpful hints:)

Please feel free to start your own thread and introduce yourself to everyone if you like. This a rather old thread, and I am sure that you will get a warm welcome from other members if they see a 'new poster'

I hope that you will stick around and post with us again...we are a supportive and helpful group, who understands what you are going through.

Take care,
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ScooterNYC
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   Posted 2/16/2012 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I think anxiety is worse in morning and at night because the mind is given too much time to wander and focus on things. Anxiety is a machine that is always working, but when it is distracted (by activity, projects, exercise, any focus) it does not manifest, or manifests less severely. When I get in bed often, or in the a.m., my mind races to all the possibilities that "could go wrong" or regrets, or whatever fodder is present for the anxiety machine. I would LOVE some kind of trick at night, in lieu of someone there to just remind me I'm okay. When I'm with someone (i.e. someone's visiting or I'm visiting someone or sharing a room on a vacation; I live alone) this tends to make a positive difference—unless the person is distant or has fallen asleep before me. Anyway, if anyone has any tools, or tricks, to put one at ease at bedtime, send them along! Thanks and peace to all.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 2/16/2012 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scooter and welcome!

For me, the anxiety is usually worse in the morning. There is a physical reason for this...Cortisol, a stress hormone that is responsible for getting us up and going after sleep, is at its highest level then. I have to use my best coping techniques to not allow it to effect me too much. (exercises, breathing, progressive relaxation all help)

We are glad that you have found us and are able to contribute;) This is a great place to find support and information, so feel free to post anytime.

If you feel comfortable doing so, you can start your own post with a question, or introduction of yourself, since this is a rather old thread.

We look forward to getting to know you better
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TheMoonMaster
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   Posted 3/4/2012 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I've just recently started suffering from anxiety this year. I'ts been driving me crazy making me think I have something severely wrong with me. The symptoms seem to escalate and decline randomly from week to week in severity. As of lately they seem to only truly bother me at night from about 8:00 pm until I fall asleep. It starts by me hearing a high pitched ringing in my head and having tingling sensations in random parts of my head. Once I start feeling symptoms I start to panic and my pupils dialate. My gf tries to comfort me when I get home from work but I feel like I want to be alone for some reason. It's effecting my work aswell, I start to lose energy quickly and become tired and short tempered (I've yet to lash out at anyone)while also feeling on edge and constantly alert. I'm fairly young ( 21 years old ) and I'm not sure if this is a physical problem or just anxiety. Ever since I've been feeling these symptoms I've been to the doctor for a full blood test, a physical, ultra sound on my abdomin and groin and a regular checkup. I worry that I have a brain tumor or something similar and constantly expect the worst. I stumbled across this site hoping for some comfort from those who are also suffering from anxiety as others who aren't don't quite understand what I'm going through. I'm also hoping for some reassurance that I'm not dying of some brain related illness, browsing google for weeks makes you think you have everything wrong with you.

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from others who might beable to help me out with this.

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   Posted 3/4/2012 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi MM and welcome!

I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble with these issues. It is common to have random symptoms from anxiety...which then cause more anxiety, which in turns results in more extreme symptoms. It is a cycle that can be hard to get out of.

Great job on seeing your doctor for a check-up and tests...this is always a great place to start, just to be safe. Assuming that everything came back normal on your tests, then you can and should start to focus on treating the anxiety. Did you and your doctor discuss treatment options? Therapy, medication, or a combination of both are often the areas that your doctor could assist you with,

Self-help is another great treatment option to try at home. We have an Anxiety Resource Guide (main page, 2nd post) that is full of links to sites that teach breathing and relaxation exercises. There is also on-line therapy and CBT worksheet downloads. (these allow you to get in touch with your feelings and thought processes that go along with your anxiety, and utimately turn them around from negative to positive!)

Posting here with us is also very helpful. Talking to those who understand what you are going through has made all of the difference for many of us...we hope that you will continue on with us. Feel free to start a new post of introduction for yourself at anytime if you are comfortable doing so (Post New Topic)

Talk to you soon,

Scaredy Cat
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Subzeromambo
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   Posted 3/5/2012 12:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I have started to have panic attacks at night. I take alprazolam and an extra pain killer. I have physical pain that increases at night. Breathing and relaxation exercises help a lot. A small glass of Japanese plum wine also helps. I get headaches very easily and the Uemasho plum wine works better than Advil.

nurse123
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   Posted 6/10/2012 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I've always had anxiety at night. I worry about the craziest things which seem totally rational at the time. Like i'm gonna go crazy, or I have aids etc. I find if i open the windows helps because if you can hear the cars or noise outside it reminds you of reality
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