I sometimes get the fear of dying at night, whenever I attempt to get sleeping. It jolts me every time I close my eyes and I always have to open them.
Sometimes it's a sharp, deep breath through my nose in panic and sometimes it's a long, deep gasp through my mouth and I sit up very quickly; very panicked.
There are even times when I throw myself out of bed, turn the light on and get pacing around as if I'm trying to stay alive!
I have learnt that focusing on the feeling makes it worse, but I can't help it. I really can't!
I've tried reading, audiobooks, film and tv, meditation music, but to no avail.
It's brutal and I'm very tired, but scared to sleep.
It's a catch 22! Anxiety attack triggers negative thoughts and negative thoughts trigger anxiety attacks!
I've also tried using Bach Rescue Remedy: "To comfort & reassure".. You put four drops on your tongue or in a glass of water.. It's basically an alcohol solution with herbs and/or flowers in it..
I'll be perfectly honest, I don't know if it's working for me, but others swear by it.. (Search 'Bach flower remedies' on Amazon, if interested in trying it.)
This is a truly disturbing feeling and I don't get it too often, but often enough! :(
Does anyone know of any other ways I can overcome this?