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"Jolts" "Jump starts" when trying to sleep?

Hi, I'm extremely new to the site as well as new to trying to get help for my anxiety and depression at all. I know I have anxiety and occasional depressive episodes, but not sure if they fall under mild, moderate, or severe yet because I have yet to get a diagnosed or even see a therapist yet (my first session is next week). Recently I've developed some trouble sleeping after a depressive/anxious episode that lasted for a few weeks, and I'm writing to see if what I'm experiencing may be anxiety and to see if anyone else has dealt with it. Like the title states, when I start to drift to sleep, I get these weird impulses that feel like a sort of jumpstart to my system, basically pulling me from the brink of falling asleep and sending this kind of "wake up" signal. I usually feel these jolts either in my brain or my chest. When I do go to sleep, I get night sweats. I noticed them toward the end of last month. The jolts kinda went away for a week or so, but I think they may be coming back. Of course, I am going to see a doctor to rule out sleep apnea as well, but wanted to know if anyone with anxiety has experienced this sensation and if you all have any tips to help me out. Thanks!
Category: Symptoms 2 years ago
jjones890
Asked 2 years ago

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I've been diagnosed with panic attacks and severe anxiety. I jerk in my sleep and wake up after barely dozing off. Sometimes I jerk so hard, I hurt my back. I feel like A adrenaline jolt in my chest and stomach area at the time of the jerk and waking up. My brain feels like something is shocking it, kind of like A 9 volt battery shocks your tongue. Anyhow what you described is what I'm experiencing also. I'm not sure what's causing it, I'd love to get feed back to your diagnosis.
1woody
Answered 2 years ago
1woody

Oh God yes! The dreaded hypnic jerks. Apparently they happen more often if you haven't been sleeping well the previous nights. Also if you have something you are worrying about. I've never hurt my back, but I have hit my head before.
lexieannlak
Answered 2 years ago
lexieannlak

Yea, I had these also. They came on after repeated nights of hardly sleeping at all and I was trying to work. Man they were bad. Every time I would start to dose off I was hit with a jolt of energy in my brain. I thought I was going crazy but I realized that this had to be a quite disturbing symptom of the sleep deprivation. It was like my brain was trying to keep me awake. I believe after so much sleep deprivation that your brain is trained to keep awake for some survival reason ,like there must be a good reason to be awake if you have gone this long. After getting a couple of decent nights sleep the hypnic jerks subsided and then eventually went away.
byeardley
Answered 2 years ago
byeardley

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