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Offline LouiseThomy

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Woke up thinking I couldn't breath? Scared!
« on: December 26, 2013, 05:36:26 AM »
I'm F, 18 with GAD.
Ok, so I went to sleep OK last night, and I'm scared because I don't know if this was in the dream or not, I had my arm digging in hard on my heart and I felt it not beating and then I couldn't breathe and my whole body felt paralyzed and it was hard to open my eyes and then all of a sudden I just opened my eyes and I got up and started panicking! I literally thought I was dying and it's worrying me thinking it was real because it happened in my own bed, it just looked so real and it's scaring me now :(

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Re: Woke up thinking I couldn't breath? Scared!
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2013, 06:00:09 AM »
Try not to worry, this sounds like sleep paralysis which happens sometimes.

Were you aware the whole time?
Were you able to talk yourself into breathing (sounds weird I know lol)
Have you been stressed lately or having a bit of lack of sleep?

Actually, something very similar happened to me just the other day and normally happens when you are sleeping on your back.
From what I understand, you woke up before your brain did lol. Try to relax, drink some warm milk and get yourself some much needed rest.

Hope this helped!  :happy0151:
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Re: Woke up thinking I couldn't breath? Scared!
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2013, 06:03:18 AM »
Is sleep paralysis dangerous? Didn't think I'd wake up from it!

Yes I was aware because I was thinking at that moment I was going to die
and yes I was making myself breath which made me get up and panic! lol
No, I've been getting late nights I hate to say...
Didn't realize it was a common thing?

Thanks, it's calmed me down lol!
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Re: Woke up thinking I couldn't breath? Scared!
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2013, 10:40:34 AM »
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