I'm afraid I might die in my sleep! I am almost 17 years old, healthy. But I am not sleeping. I go to bed somewhere at 4 o'clock, or even at 3 o'clock in the morning ... What to do?

I'm afraid I might die in my sleep! I am almost 17 years old, healthy. But I am not sleeping. I go to bed somewhere at 4 o'clock, or even at 3 o'clock in the morning ... What to do?

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Fear of death

Every time I go to bed at such a time, the thought comes to me that I might die of cardiac arrest. Or never wake up at all and never know that I'm dead. I am absolutely healthy! But I get panic when I think about it. Even my pulse quickens when I'm nervous! What to do? How to overcome such an attack?

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answers (7)

Answer 1
July, 2021

I do not pretend to be a professional, but if you have reliable (it really hurts during the day of coming or running) reasons to worry about heart health, then it is best to consult a doctor and if he says yes how, the next step is there are no contraindications do a light cardio load - you do sports (only without fanaticism), well, thirdly, if it presses you psychologically, then you can set goals for yourself, find goals in life for which you will want to live (a sincere desire to live has a very positive effect on human health and behavior) and live in the future, so to speak, or if it causes panic, i.e. not a slight feeling of fear and anxiety, but straight panic, then it is best to contact a psychologist, he will figure out what to do, but my purely everyday opinion: you should reconsider your information environment, because such things (with psychological experiences) can occur from watching unhealthy films / games, perhaps psychedelics or horror films, and with a sufficiently high psycho-emotional sensitivity, you can roughly program yourself for panic, evil or unhealthy thoughts, i.e. consciously, you didn’t seem to think about it, but on your subconscious mind it was burned out and you now get a disclosure-outburst of your fears in an intensified form and now you lock yourself in on such thoughts (products of information that your subconscious mind has absorbed and warmed up your imagination), here you must turn on pragmatism and understand that if you feel healthy and go to the doctor, make sure of this explicitly, and then change the information background to a positive, kind one, so that the closure-fears raked out by something bad are replaced by a kind, something strong-dreamy, where people are help people and confidently overcome difficulties, gain confidence, happiness, etc. minimize any fears and evil, I also have similar experiences, but they, because I am a realist usually ignored by the fact that both the sensations and the examination of the doctor, the heart works like a clock, and here, apart from unreasonable, far-fetched experiences, as it turns out, nothing else bothers me, but I repeat, I am not a professional and do not pretend, purely opinion and some life experience.

Answer 2
July, 2021

Fear of death. Why would you be afraid of death? Tomorrow is either coming or not. It is not in your power to change anything. Moreover, it seems to you that you will not wake up. There is no pain or anything else. It turns out everything is fine. You are 17 years old. You are not yet fully formed. You haven't given yourself many answers yet. You just need to think, and what exactly are you afraid of? Don't wake up? I don't think so

Answer 3
July, 2021

Nikita, if your physical health does not cause concern, then first you need to determine what caused this phobia. In psychotherapists, the leveling of this fear begins with accustoming the body to the regime and involving the individual in an interesting hobby (better of a sports nature), exciting so much that by 23:00 the urge to sleep is so great that sleep occurs as soon as a person takes a horizontal position.

Answer 4
July, 2021

Well, as I understand it, if you write, then despite the late sleep, you somehow survived until now сих.

I can, I can, I can ... but in life there is there is a lot of "I can", but for some reason all this can of yours extends only to sleep☺. But what about computer games for example? From which you can't tear yourself up for hours? From this, do not be afraid of "flippers with a pipe" 😆.
In life, a person is nowhere insured against an absurd accident. And this is far from one "bullet stupid", but our brother is a brick in the head.
If you want to know, sleep in life is the most protected state of a person from internal, so to speak, factors.
At night, I don't know, on how much you are a believer, but your Angel protects you, at the behest of the Lord.
During the day he can "sleep" if he does not "wake up". And at night this is his main time.
So that's something, but you can not be afraid of the night at all.
Well, for assurance, read the prayers.
Our Father or the one before sleep.
You can safely believe me☺. But how do I know. Sorry, I won't tell.

Answer 5
July, 2021

This will pass. Many have or have had such a situation. True, hardly everyone thought about death, this is most likely some kind of seasonal exacerbation. To fall asleep, I think about the good - it helps a lot. Also, do not overeat at night, do not drink invigorating drinks, do not exercise two to three hours before bedtime.

Answer 6
July, 2021

take coffee, get drunk, watch horror movies, think, crawl under the covers and think, then get up, drink merchant tea, crawl under the covers, and think. Then get up, drink cold water, crawl under the covers, and ,,,

Answer 7
July, 2021

I will share from my own experience. There were also difficult situations like yours.
Help yourself should be divided into urgent and long-term.
1. Urgent.
If panic is completely covered, find out the telephone hot free psychological round-the-clock line and do not hesitate to call. There are professionals. I called at night, they talked to me and it really became easier.
You also need to distract yourself with something that you like (movie, music, game, food, etc.). The property of our brain is such that it cannot think two thoughts at the same time.
2. Long-term.
If you have such panic attacks for a long time, then you need to work with a professional psychologist or psychotherapist. This should not be afraid and embarrassed. Our world is sometimes not the most friendly place to live and events occur in it that affect our psyche in a negative way, thereby leaving trauma and stress. It is because of this that situations similar to yours are taken. You are very young, which means it will be possible to get rid of obsessive thoughts quite quickly with the help of techniques and working out your situation with a specialist. !

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