I don't think the therapists have a clue what this is like :(
It's good to know I'm not the only one out there. My therapist tells me I have to face it and ignore it and keep trying to fall back asleep. The more I get be into it, the fear, the more it remains.
Yes, I do this too. And I will also wake up every hour to it as well. I think mine is night terrors or anxiety driven but not sure. I have maybe 3-4 hours of interrupted sleep every night for the last 2 weeks and at 5am I finally give in and get up. I hope it will settle soon. I hope yours does too.