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    Default Horrific images.

    I am wondering if anyone else has this issue..

    Often lately when I am trying to sleep, right about the point of crossover, my mind will suddenly show me images of horrible things happening to me.
    Physically horrible things. Like the severing of a limb or hot oil falling on me, just to name a couple.

    This then causes an adrenalin reaction which wakes me up and leaves me wired for hours unable to get back to sleep.

    Does anybody else have this happen to them?
    What the hell is it?
    And what can be done to avoid it?
    Is it some sort of breakdown?

    Really curious

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    Not a breakdown. It's happened to me since I was a kid.

    Mostly, I think it's just my brain processing and entertaining all the things that emotionally rattle me during the day. You hear about a bombing, but you don't let your brain go there and fully process what that means, because it's emotionally painful...and it comes up when your subconscious begins to take over. Or something like that. :P

    I've learned to let it go, and realize I'm not in imminent danger, and that my brain isn't really that of a psycho. I take some valerian root before bed, or some warm milk. Or a glass of wine.
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    Have you experienced any kind of trauma lately or anything?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Have you experienced any kind of trauma lately or anything?
    Well yeah.. some serious emotional trauma over the last few years.

    This has happened throughout my life.. But just not with this intensity or frequency. And although it would break my sleep drift.. I could normally just go back to sleep in a few minutes..

    What is happening now.. is very magnified, very graphical and shocking.

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    Are you ever frightened by your own anger, or maybe repressing it, out of compassion/duty?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyGrass View Post
    Are you ever frightened by your own anger, or maybe repressing it, out of compassion/duty?
    Yes.. this has been going on for well over 2 years now.

    I am not afraid of my anger per se.. I do not feel entitled to it.

    I am loyalist and find it hard to let go of people. This is often rooted in a misplaced sense of duty and or compassion and sensitivity to someone else feelings.

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    It's a very common kind of parasomnia (sleep disorder) known as Night Starts, or Hypnic/Hypnogogic jerks. A majority of the population gets these to some extent (often very infreqently though, and if they don't wake people up they may go unnoticed). They can be made much worse by stress and anxiety etc, and for a few people constitute a real problem if they're happening frequently enough to actually prevent them from getting enough sleep when they need it. Otherwise non-serious and pretty unlikely to indicate anything psychological other than perhaps pointing to an underlying cause of anxiety, but there may be medical help you can get for the symptoms nevertheless.

    Try this for a link SleepEducation.com
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    Sounds like generalized anxiety, Arclight.
    My anxiety often peaks just as I'm trying to fall asleep.
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    GAD or OCD.

    I have the same issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    GAD or OCD.

    I have the same issue.
    Does lack of sleep seem to make it worse, for you?

    I find it does, and it can be a real bitch to deal with.
    Positive feedback loop...
    Being sleep deprived causes anxiety, and anxiety prevents sleep. : (
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