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Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 10/5/2006 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
 I woke up with the worst devil nightmare  devil of my life this morning!  I have been struggling with these noctural buggers more and more since a/p and build up of tension in our house (teenage daughter and husband fighting, me in the middle...you get the picture!)  I woke up in panic mode...wild heart beat, shakes, nausea, but was able to stop it upon awakening. (ha! take that panic attack) I have pretty good control when I'm awake due to my great therapist and c.b.t., but to be attacked in my sleep when I can't use my tools...sheesh! that's a dirty trick!  Anybody else deal with this?  Has anyone tried sleeping herbs specifically for this problem with good results?
Sweet dreams (I hope!)
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   Posted 10/5/2006 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Cat.  I am sorry that you are going through anxiety, and wake up with anxiety.. For many years I have taken kava kava, and valerian at night for flashbacks, and anxiety. this is a strong combination, so you will have to talk to your Dr about taking this combination, and I also have to take Evening Primrose oil, and Borage oil, 2 times a day as well. Once in the morning, and at night for hormonal imbalance, to help the anxiety and flashbacks, stay more in control form hormonal imbalance. I am 40 years old at this time, and stress sets everything else off , so I have to take hormonal balancers along with Psych herbs, to stabilize everything.  A good mulktivitamin containing vitamin b helps as well.  Take care Phoelona

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   Posted 10/5/2006 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey SC I agree they stink and its underhanded. Hope it gets better for you

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   Posted 10/5/2006 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I am in constant nightmares about my teen and hubby (not her bio Dad) as well as just losing my mom just over 7 mths ago ( Hubby spoils her rotten and yes she is a good actualy very good teen but does need to learn that material things dont make for nothing and that money is not growing on my tree that I know of anyways.......Hubby and I split for awhile working on reconciiaion so far going good but shall see...........
I hear ya
They are sneaky and always seem to be able to get to you
Take care SC
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   Posted 10/5/2006 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cat,

I tend to have a lot of nightmares. The general themes of mine stem from my childhood experiences. A couple of times I’ve woken up and couldn’t figure out where I was for a second that was scary and then went into a panic attack. When that happens I’ve just gone into the other room and turned on all the lights until I’ve claimed down. Or maybe a hot bath might help you fall back asleep or some sleepy time tea. Sorry to hear you’re having nightmares they can be horrible.


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   Posted 10/5/2006 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Cat - I am sorry to hear you're having the whole 'nightmare attacks' that is tough to deal with. I have had the same problem and seem to wake up in total anxiety - though never a full blown attack. I believe I had spoken with you before about Valerian. I had a bad night the first night I took it but looking back in hindsight I don't feel like it was the Valerian. I have been taking it since and it has proved VERY helpful in stifling the nightmares as well as allowing me to rest peacefully. So far I haven't woken up groggy or anything like that and am doing pretty well on it as I wean myself off of the alprazolam. So I think this may help you as well. When you take it do so about 30 minutes before you want to go to bed and drink a HUGE glass of water and maybe a little bite to eat. Let us know how you're doing - I wish you the best and I'll be praying for you! panic


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   Posted 10/5/2006 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Cat, I've been having the worst nightmares lately too since my A/P has worsened... like seriously frightening nightmares.
I haven't tried sleeping herbs or anything like that, but I'd like to know because waking up in panic mode is AWFUL! 
Best of luck to you Cat.  :)
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   Posted 10/6/2006 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everybody for the sympathy and advice! I hope everybody has a good night's sleep. As the undeniably cool Annie Lennox sang...Sweet dreams are made of this...(heard that one on the radio today and had to laugh!)

Take care
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