Anxiety adrenaline waves every AM waking me from sleep.

Posted by esikora @esikora, Nov 13, 2021

Hello,
As stated above,every AM at around 5, I start having uncomfortable adrenaline-like waves throughout my body. If I try to sleep, the waves cause weird dreams and then I wake up. This has been going on for about eight months. There has been considerable stress in my life during this time, but now things are improving, but the waves are just as bad.
Has anyone ever experienced this?
Thanks.

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Yes, It wakes me up out of a vivid dream. Then anxiety washes over me. And if I doze off again, it starts all over. I had covid about 2 months ago but the adrenaline surges just started about a month ago. Its awful.

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Yes. What you’re experiencing is very common especially in those who have anxiety issues. One of our biggest complaints. The morning cortisol rush.

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Once I wake up around 4 I can’t switch off my worries that run through my head until I finally relent and get up. I don’t want to take any more medication at that time so try to get through the day but feel like a zombie. A real problem.

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@help4meandu

Once I wake up around 4 I can’t switch off my worries that run through my head until I finally relent and get up. I don’t want to take any more medication at that time so try to get through the day but feel like a zombie. A real problem.

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@help4meandu Have you tried writing down your worries, either at bedtime or when you awake at 4 a.m.? Getting those worries out of your immediate mind, and perhaps allowing you a chance to rest again. Are you able to adjust your bed time/time to get up, to accommodate this rush of worries? Just a thought of what you might try. I try to write down my worries ahead of resting. for me, that simply open space for other things to go barreling in, but then again, that's just me!
Ginger

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@gingerw

@help4meandu Have you tried writing down your worries, either at bedtime or when you awake at 4 a.m.? Getting those worries out of your immediate mind, and perhaps allowing you a chance to rest again. Are you able to adjust your bed time/time to get up, to accommodate this rush of worries? Just a thought of what you might try. I try to write down my worries ahead of resting. for me, that simply open space for other things to go barreling in, but then again, that's just me!
Ginger

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I haven’t tried writing them down as I’m afraid if I turn light on it will eliminate any chance of going back to sleep. I do go to bed early and usually up at least once in night when I take anti anxiety medicine. Even if I manage 7 hrs I don’t feel rested due to disruptions and medicated sleep. Also have cats that want to sleep with me or meow.
Thanks for your ideas.

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@help4meandu

I haven’t tried writing them down as I’m afraid if I turn light on it will eliminate any chance of going back to sleep. I do go to bed early and usually up at least once in night when I take anti anxiety medicine. Even if I manage 7 hrs I don’t feel rested due to disruptions and medicated sleep. Also have cats that want to sleep with me or meow.
Thanks for your ideas.

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@help4meandu As i was outside working on the yard, I was thinking of your response. i also have a cat who sleeps with me every night, either on my lap on the couch, or next to me in bed. How about just recording your thoughts, on a voice activated recorder, instead of writing it down? Push a button, and there you go. You can listen later to what is bothering you, or not! It's worth a try, do you think?
Ginger

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I get them randomly. They are like waves of shivers. I just assumed it was a wave of my meds washing through. They are weird & annoying & make me feel jittery. I didn’t know others had these.

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It is reassuring to read these comments as I have the same thing. There is no point to writing out worries because the reaction is just to unspecified fears. I thought I heard my deceased husband's voice calling me the other night – it was so real that I hollered myself awake asking what he needed. Very disturbing. I do listen to meditation tapes in the evening and try to read something not too stirring. I can fall asleep easily but the wakefulness is distressing. I drank Evening Calm (Twinings) last night and it didn't do a thing except send me to the bathroom every few hours.

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I understand about waking being awful. I go to sleep without any problem, I even sleep well for about 5 hours, but adrenaline surges wake me up every morning. They're awful. I have dreams but mine are usually pleasant, vivid but pleasant. I have no reason to be stressed about anything. I think my problem is that covid messed me up. went to bed one night feeling fine, woke up with heart palpitations and anxiety. Prayers that we all find comfort.

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@tarmansbks

It is reassuring to read these comments as I have the same thing. There is no point to writing out worries because the reaction is just to unspecified fears. I thought I heard my deceased husband's voice calling me the other night – it was so real that I hollered myself awake asking what he needed. Very disturbing. I do listen to meditation tapes in the evening and try to read something not too stirring. I can fall asleep easily but the wakefulness is distressing. I drank Evening Calm (Twinings) last night and it didn't do a thing except send me to the bathroom every few hours.

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I completely relate. I try listening to meditation stories on my phone but still no success unless I take more Benadryl and klonopin.

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@help4meandu

I completely relate. I try listening to meditation stories on my phone but still no success unless I take more Benadryl and klonopin.

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Does it get you to sleep and keep you asleep? I take ativan 3 x a day and am careful what I add to that in addition to the medrol for r/a. I am just about at the point of giving in to wakefulness and getting rest when I can. This morning I awoke at 3 AM in absolute terror of nothing in particular – just being alone except for dog Daisy. I tried that 3-3-3 thing where you identify 3 things you can see, 3 things you can touch, and 3 sounds you can hear. Did some diaphragmatic breathing and it halted. Finally got up and took Daisy for a short walk in the dark. The air was fresh and clear and the fear ceased. I hate to think about sleeping with a light on like a 2 year old because I know that is a bad policy for sleep hygiene but any port in a storm.

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@tyt

Yes, It wakes me up out of a vivid dream. Then anxiety washes over me. And if I doze off again, it starts all over. I had covid about 2 months ago but the adrenaline surges just started about a month ago. Its awful.

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It is awful.Not a good way to start the day…every day. I have tried a Rescue Remedy spray for sleep which helps a bit, gets me a little more sleep. But then the waves start up again.

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