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Having a weird kind of sleep disorder. Anxiety perhaps?

At least three times this month I've woken up in the middle of the night with extreme paranoia. The first time was around three/ four weeks ago; I woke up around 3am after a nightmare and in my half-awake/half-asleep state I'd managed to convince myself I was still dreaming and I hadn't actually woken up. This paranoia lasted until the following day.
The second time was on Monday; I woke up around 2am and felt extremely paranoid, about what I don't know. It felt like something was crushing my chest and I was sinking into the bed.
And then it happened again last night. I woke up around 3am feeling really panicky and paranoid and couldn't sleep again until around 5am this morning.
I've suffered from an anxiety disorder since I was thirteen (I'm 20 now) and lately I've had it under control until last Saturday. Since then my anxiety has been acting up again. Could this sleep problem be related to it especially considering it only happens if I go to sleep worrying about something. Apart from that the only possible link is that all three night I went to sleep with a headache.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Smile
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replied July 4th, 2013
You have to break your symptoms in two parts. Part 1 is your dream and part 2 is you reaction to it. Your reaction is definitely out of whack. If it continues I would advise to restart treatment for anxiety.
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