I was so tired and exhausted but every time I would drift off my body would jolt me awake automatically. It was like when you jump. It wasn't quite the same as the falling sensation you get when asleep but instead more of an actual jerk/jolt.
I assumed this was linked to my panic attack/anxiety but I've had this happen without a panic attack first.
Anyone had anything similar?
Hi there, I have experienced exactly what your describing so many times I have lost count jerking awake or twitching awake in my sleep and literally not sleeping at all due to the panic and anxiety that it stirs up.
I have absolloutly no logical explanation for the jerking awake apart from maybe excess adrenalin bursts due the panic /anxiety attack you had before (or thats how my psych has described it).
Only thing i can suggest if it keeps happening is if you take medication for sleep or to calm you for sleep take it when your in bed, not before bed, try drinking some relaxing tea like camomile or lavender and camomile its a natural muscle relaxant and may stop the jerky feeling your experiencing.
If it keeps happening i would suggest speaking to your pdoc or general doc about some mild muscle relaxer to take before bedtime (doesn;t have to be anything strong like a benzo or anythig there are lots of gentle ones out there too)
I hope this helps to know your not alone and these sensations also happen to other people, unfortunately i take that much medication at night now i fall asleep too quickly to notice any issues anymore lol
take care and if you want to chat some more or want more sleeeping tips drop me a PM
Take care, be well and stay positive xxx