On the rare occasion of not being able to fall sleep a point comes when I feel a sudden attempt to snap into sleep, it has been twice very painful and a few other times just quite sore !
It feels like being turned off and I resisted it a few times as It seemed like dying ! though Im sure it wasnt
First of all, you need to see how much these rare occasions are affecting your day to day life. Quite often, knowing that you can tolerate them for a while is reassuring and you might be able to overcome this. However, in todays age of specific diagnoses, you might want to see if this can be categorized into some known condition. It is difficult to point out what could be the problem, but it seems you might have to consult a Sleep Specialist for more ideas on this. It may turn out to be nothing serious, but you can definitely get some management advice.
You might have to explore some anxiety issues related to these events. Tobacco can contribute to sleep disturbances. What your experienced was probably in a transition phase of falling into sleep. And tobacco can interfere with this phase. Please consider consulting a Sleep Specialist in your area. If you are not able to find one, you may always seek your GP's help.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD
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