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When I dont use sedatives to sleep, the anxiety and repetitive thought keeps me up all night, try my best to switch off, looking at the clock every hour to see how much time left till for work in the morning, mind, body and heart not resting, how am I going to cope at work with no sleep? More I lose sleep more anxious I get more, and more thoughts of cardiac arrest because of the lack of sleep.
You may want to try practicing the techniques during the day before you stop the sedatives at night, so when you do stop the sedatives, you will already be used to using the techniques to stop your thoughts. It would also help to use relaxation techniques so you can easily calm yourself when you do have the thoughts. Anxiety is caused by your thoughts so if you can relax your body, you may be better able to relax your mind. Here is a link to describe a very commonly used relaxation technique with anxiety:http://www.guidetopsychology.com/pmr.htm Here is another book that is very useful in helping with your thoughts and learning to relax. It also helps you understand anxiety better so you can work on reducing your anxiety, even without medication:The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund BourneKate
Good idea practice during the day! Another problem associated with anxiety is the fear of death the slightest twich in my chest makes me nervous like something wrong with my heart, worry about illnesses and thoughts of mortality, and life after death.
Your fear is extremely common with anxiety. Almost everyone who has anxiety reports the fear of death as a symptom they grapple with constantly. It helps to see your doctor to clear yourself medically. And once you do that, Cognative Behavioral therapy (CBT) is very helpful in addressing your issues and helping you get to the root of your anxiety and resolving it. It is a matter of changing your thoughts from ones that are causing you to be fearful to ones that keep you calm. When you are anxious, your thoughts are causing your mind to think your in danger. Your body reacts by releasing adrenaline into your system. It is much like after you have had a bad scare like a car accident. Your body releases the adrenaline and you feel unreal, your legs turn to jelly, you have trouble thinking and your body may feel it's tingling. You just don't notice it as much because your focus is on what is going on around you. Except with anxiety, there is no focus. The only thing you have to focus on is how you feel and the fear that something is wrong with you. So every little twinge is cause for panic.It may not feel like it, but the panic does subside. The adrenaline in your system does deplete and needs time to replenish. But because your thoughts are probably always on alert, so is your body. This may be why you always feel anxious and scared and why you are so focused on something being wrong.
Even though I suffer from chronic anxiety I rarely have a anxiety attack, sometims when Im anxious my heart rate is normal between 60-100 beats p/m. My question when you are feeling slightly anxious but still within the 60-100 bpm, is cortisol still being released?
It could be. That is a good question for your doctor just to be sure.
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