I happened upon this thread while googling (I know, great thing to be doing when you have anxiety issues---especially medical) and so much of it sounds like me. D: It's not so much a morning thing for me though, it usually gets worse at night. The past few months have been really bad, and I'd been writing it off as hitting a landmark age...then I realized that things really got bad when I started drinking energy drinks again. The drinking (alcohol) was contained to the weekends, about a fifth of something to myself (I'm 5 feet tall and 110). Then it started to bleed into the week days. This was costly and I was getting hangovers, so I switched to beer or cider. Then the pattern started turning into energy drink to feel awake, alcohol in the evening to relax, and OTC sleep meds to deal with how bad I felt once I sobered up. I really try to cope with my anxiety without medicating, but this has really opened my eyes to how completely I've failed in that matter. Maybe it's time to change my attitude in that regard.
I've been weening myself off the caffeine, now having just enough soda to stop the headaches. It's been a week at less than half the dose and I feel better, not perfect, but I can sleep for more than 4 hours now. I've been swearing off alcohol for years for health reasons saying that I'll just cut back, or stick to special occasions. While I've been able to cut down on the drinking too, this strategy always fails. It always gets bad again, and I'm disturbed by the fact that despite telling myself to do otherwise I've not made it more than three days without drinking in the past month. Reading about a possible anxiety connection has further convinced me that I need to sober up and deal with my problems. I'd initially set a 2 week goal for myself, but I'm now convinced that I should go for 30 days.