Night Time Anxiety and Panic: by (our founder) Eleanor

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Hi everyone,

I am writing this post because I wanted to talk about something that I experience frequently, night time anxiety and panic.

I know these aren’t rational. Its often to do with a social event trigger, having to be around lots of people or if I have a work event and it feels too overwhelming. I fear being judged or crowds of people. These days, I tend to keep busy during the day and I know I am anxious if I am procrastinating about going to bed. As thats when the anxiety kicks in, my chest feels tight, I feel hot or clammy and my negative thoughts race.

Consciously, I know the fear of the triggered event is not real. However, subconsciously my body goes into fight or flight mode, pumps me with adrenaline and worry so I cannot sleep. My thoughts start racing and the only relief I can get when I am really heightened is to cancel the feared situation or tell myself I may cancel it in the morning.

Which is not always good. For me, its so important to have exposure to the triggers to lessen my anxiety. Some nights though, this is impossible.

People should also know that I and other anxiety sufferers don’t want to cancel our plans and don’t want to feel like this. I don’t want to be flooded with adrenaline and other horrible anxiety symptoms and left feeling so exhausted and alone.

Its worst at night when everyone is in bed asleep too because there is no one to talk to at that time. Sometimes, I try meditation or talking to myself kindly (‘its Ok nothing bad will happen you are safe’). Often, I am able to eventually get to sleep.

However, when I wake in the morning, the anxiety is still there and often at its height about ten minutes after I wake, leaving me feeling depleted, shaky, vulnerable and unable to face the day,

Most days I am OK, but if something new comes up that triggers me I am sucked back into the anxiety spiral. I have had extensive therapy and take medication but am starting to think Ill need anxiety meds for my night time anxiety.

Anyone else have this? Its so debilitating at times. I am still trying to find the answer that works for me. You are not alone.

Love,

Eleanor   x 

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8 thoughts on “Night Time Anxiety and Panic: by (our founder) Eleanor

  1. Hi there. I have also started having this. I’ve recently finished CBT and PTSD therapy, and genuinly feel like I’m in a better place. I’m fine during the day, my anxieties have lessened and my confidence has grown. But at night, when I’m trying to sleep, my anxiety seems to have gotten worse. I guess it’s because of the lack of distraction. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone. I hope you find a solution. If I find one, I’ll let you know. 🙂

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  2. I have the exact same issues as described here…. we don’t want this and the feeling of the darkness making the fear and loneliness even harder, is exhausting. I’m at my best in the middle of the day and something happens. The air comes right out of me and I have no energy to do what I wish for. So well written and I can tell it must have felt both hard and good at the same time❤️

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