Man, this site is amazing! Every day I read one, two or three things that are so similar to the way I feel that it has a constant "calming" effect just to read them. I too wake always with thoughts and feelings of dread, with the pounding chest, etc., etc. Some days, when I don't have to get up for work - I try to get some more sleep but I can't just because of that "dread" feeling and nervousness that won't go away. It does always seem to get better after I'm up for awhile and sometimes I wonder if it's an additional retention of water around the brain during the night that causes it. I usually wake with a slight bit of swelling in my fingers (my rings are tighter) so if you have some water retention around your brain too wouldn't that make you feel a little weird. Once the slight swelling goes down in the morning (maybe after about
15 min. to 1/2 hr) I start to feel a bit better mentally too. The other thing I experience though that I haven't heard anyone mention (and it might be related to this water retention too) is that I dream quite frequently - most dreams are not actual nightmares but they always leave me feeling somehow filled with "angst" or saddness. On top of that - when I'm finally waking up in the morning I have these fleeting thoughts that make NOOOO sense at all....I can start thinking of something normal and immediately it switches over to some ridiculous thought that makes no sense. Maybe it's that I'm not as awake as I think but it really freaks me out. So that's another reason why I just end up getting up - and then I'm fine after about
an hour or so. what the heck is THAT?