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Hello everyone, I have an anxiety disorder and was wondering if anyone else struggled more at night near bedtime than during the day? I've even had times where I woke up and felt burning in my head intense anxiety stomach issues and even motion blur and tracers behind moving objects... basically I was wondering if anyone else has experienced these symptoms.

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Hi lemon,

I asked my Dr about the motion blur/tracers that I was having when I woke up and she told me it's a side effect called Palinopsia, which usually goes away after a time. Found out that the Trazodone I was taking as a sleep aid caused it.

Anxiety hits me mostly at and when I first wake up, it's the pits.

I keep a sheet of paper the Dr gave me on how to do deep breathing exercises, helps me relax a bit and ease the nervousness.

Hang in there,

T

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Ill have to look upvwhat follows with that and if its connected to taking serentine... like I said my anxiety is worst at night when fringe to sleep, which I rarely can anymore. My mind wont shut off I just think about everything and usually none of it even matters. There are even times when I'm lie playing a story in my head like a day dream almost. It never seems to matter how tired I am.. when my head huts the pillow I'm wide awake.... unless I don't have to work then i can usually snag an hour or two. I think I've had 3 hours of sleep the last 4 days, pretty much since my last attack that landed me in the ER. by far worst one yet.

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I can totally relate to your sleep problems. I was in a coma 3 years ago for 5 days and had some really vivid "visions". Now I think I'm just scared to sleep because it almost feels like I'm slipping back into the coma and won't be able to wake myself up. Also when I finally do fall asleep, I awake in a panic. I don't know why, it's like crashing back to reality with a jolt and my heart races and I feel panicked when I wake up. I've started taking L-tryptophan and melatonin at night which seems to help a little to relax me. I just wish I could figure out a way to wake up normally, looking forward to the day like I used to, instead of feeling like I'm crashing back to earth.

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The motion blur and tracers don't happen everyday and i cant find anything on it for the meds i am taking. I do know that during the times i have these blurs and tracers my mind races also with some pretty absurd thoughts.. although all in all the zoloft is helping i can tell... I'm setting up an appointment with my doc to ask a few questions about it.... just wondering if it sounded like cause for concern

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well i was doing so well for a good few weeks and have now started up again with the anxiety which lasts most of the day. this morning i woke with the thumping heart. yes i have been worried that i was having a heart attack.....it is actuallymore than likely muscular twinges from my shoulder injury.

as you all know, the brain takes you off on an unreasonable trip and the worry never stops.

i am doing CBT and have a physio teaching me proper breathing....i do find that the breathing helps, so if you have a chance to learn how to do the belly breathing instead of chest, do it......

i also get antsy when its time to go to bed too....so yes i can relate to that with you.

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Hi,

I can relate to what you're saying. I haven't experienced the motion blur you mentioned, but I recently learned that it's common for sufferers of anxiety and depression to experience worsened symptoms upon wakening, and to feel better and better as the day goes on. For me it's the exact opposite! I wake up feeling, well, pleasantly numb. Disturbing thoughts and events don't really reach me emotionally. (I guess this is what people without mental illness always feel like!) Then, as darkness falls in the evening, everything changes. A sense of dread often builds and I become hypersensitive. I'll often find myself unable to stop thinking about worrying things. I delay my bedtime with distractions (computer, movies) in order to not have to lay in bed and think. I also experience awakenings in the very early morning featuring panicked thoughts and a racing heart. So you're not alone.

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If you eat heavily at night and the food consumed plenty of protein, food includes sugar and carbonated drink, you will kinda crazy. i would suggest a few things to do before you go to the bed, like going for a walk, find a good book to read and distract yourself from your routines about a week will help you in getting better of your anxiety in the night.

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So I think the chasers and vision blur were causing the anxiety attacks... and I believe they were caused by the prozac I was on, I've switched to a generic zoloft and the chasers stopped a few days later... and my anxiety is better, well the feeling anyways not so much the racing thoughts but hey its a start... I feel less like I might be schizophrenic which was my biggest anxiety kicker...

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I experience anxiety upon waking up in the morning every day. I actually dread getting out of bed because of it. The worst part is that my Valium only works for it if I take it about 2-3 hours after I wake up, if I take it right away it does nothing. So I find myself waiting it out every morning. However, I have found that if I have to wake up earlier than I'm used to then the anxiety isn't half as bad. I couldn't imagine having anxiety before bedtime, that must be terrible. I look forward to relaxing at night and finally going to bed. Sleeping is the only time I feel normal, its my only escape from this strange reality I have to face every day.

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I can definitely relate to the before AND after sleep anxiety. I've experienced both, on and off in the last 3 years. At first it was really bad when I first woke up. I'd wake up in a panic state and be so shaky I could barely hang on to my cup of coffee. Since then it's seemed to evolve and I rarely get the waking anxiety, but rather the before sleep anxiety. I've always suffered from insomnia, and my pdoc thinks that's a big part of why I get so anxious when trying to sleep. I basically set it off myself by worrying about getting to sleep and then not being able to. Then it just self perpetuates from there.

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Spoke too soon, woke up after about an hour of sleep seeing chasers again the bazaar thoughts followed..

Talked to my doc about it and he just scratched his head and said that he didn't know. I really wish I could find some answers on this.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Hello everyone, I have an anxiety disorder and was wondering if anyone else struggled more at night near bedtime than during the day? I've even had times where I woke up and felt burning in my head intense anxiety stomach issues and even motion blur and tracers behind moving objects... basically I was wondering if anyone else has experienced these symptoms.

When I was taking Xanax, I would sometimes wake up panicky. Now that I am on Klonopin, that doesn't happen anymore, thank goodness.

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I am always anxious when I wake up and really want to stay in bed. I also sometimes wake in the night feeling panicky and sweaty, with a feeling of dread and major fear of life and the future. Then the negative thoughts keep multiplying and I can't get back to sleep.

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I am always anxious when I wake up and really want to stay in bed. I also sometimes wake in the night feeling panicky and sweaty, with a feeling of dread and major fear of life and the future. Then the negative thoughts keep multiplying and I can't get back to sleep.

hi there....i know that it is an awful way to be....i finally have got over that 90% or the time. I have been seeing a physio who specialises in breathing and i have also found this to help....the way i was breathing before was what was contributing to the way i was feeling.....i can message you privately with a link for you to read if you like and see if there is someone there who can help you?

wishing you a better day.....

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I haven't posted here in a while so I figured I would give an update... I still see the chasers when i wake up but only if i wake up in the middle of the night (which i find strange as all get out) ... they don't bother me as much i've kind of gotten used to it... I talked to my doctor who just kind of shrugged and said "thats new to me" I have to admit i love paying money to not get any answers lol. Ive also been looking into psychiatrists if figure it wont hurt to get a professional out look on all of this.. and hopefully it can shed some light on the situation. the zoloft has seemed to help with the anxiety some but not so much with the depression and im nearing 1 month on it. i thinjk i have 4 left before i have to refill... but for the most part no big changes... ill post more at a later time gotta start on supper

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Hi lemon,

It's good news that the Zoloft is having some effect, even if a few of your depressive symptoms are still present. This is a good first step, and seeing a psychiatrist is a great idea. An increase in dose may help with some of the persistent symptoms, so you should definitely discuss them with a psychiatrist, or your GP at the very least.

I hope things continue to get better for you! Be sure to keep us posted!

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It's happened to me earlier once after a nightmare but occasionally it's been during a period while i've had something on my mind.Have you got any worries or had a trouble at work,fallen out with someone and felt guilty? There could ben real reason. Are you getting enough sleep or Do you wake a lot during the night?This is something you could discuss with your doctor about..

I find the solution by listing everything i require to do and ticking them off when done,asking whenever there is a problem, is there anything i can do about it, i do it if not i assure myself not to worry.it may sound boring but it helps me.

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My anxiety has been at its worst in the morning, right when the sun is coming up. Its scary and surreal for me, a feeling difficult to explain. It just feels like the world is ending or something. Maybe because my life is a mess my brain is telling me to stay in bed all day and avoid it. :) Who knows.

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