Welcome to Healing Well and the Anxiety & Panic forum.
I am sorry that your having this problem and I hope by talking with the members here you will gain some insight into what is going on.
You said you had your heart checked out, may I ask if that was with your family physician? Did he/she have any ideas of what may be at the root of your night time sleep disturbance?
You may want to start with a return visit to your physician and talk about your problem again. I have no idea if you have any other health issues as other things may cause your sudden awakening episodes.
A therapist is always a good idea if your having a psychological problem and sometimes medication.
I know you will get other responses from our members, so keep posting and stay with us.
Again a warm welcome.
I'm sorry you're having these problems. I'm not new to anxiety and panic attacks, and I'm on medications and seeing a therapist for this, but what you're describing still happens to me sometimes. No matter what I do, sometimes I have difficulty falling asleep or wake up in a panic. For me, I usually feel like I can't catch my breath. I know it's a horrible feeling, but I try to breathe through it or if I have to, I'll take my meds. I can't tell you if you should see a psychologist, but I can tell you it helps me a lot. If you would rather not, I know there is a lot of self help available on the internet and in books. I hope you are feeling better soon,
I agree with Lyn on the Trazadone, it works great for me too, and I chase mine with a diet coke.......... but the milk is a much wiser choice.
I hate that feeling. It doesn't happen to me everynight, but when it does it's so annoying. I find it happens when I have had high anxiety throughout the day.
One night it happend 3 or 4 times. Everytime I would be about to fall asleep I would jerk and wake up. It never turns into a panic attack though, it just makes it very hard to fall asleep.
Since you've seen your Dr. and he said nothings physically wrong, maybe you should try some cardio. Exercise usually makes me sleep better.
Do you have anxiety throughout the day? Maybe it's stress.
Hang in there.
Ibs, fibro, migraines, depression, anxiety, PTSD, GERD, past endometriosis; C-section, Choley, Liver resection, Total Hysterectomy; Cymbalta, Fentanly patch, Mobic, and Vivelle patch + PRN = Oxycodone, Phenergan, Mobic, Xanax and others.