Can't sleep, it feels like my heart is about to explode in my chest
By - ShotIllustrator6260
Same thing here. I can't sleep most nights. And when i do i often wake up with heart palpitations. It sucks. I am sorry you are experiencing this.
I don't have much advice. I can just say that avoiding caffeine helps me. I also need to stick to my self care routine. I got benzos from the dr for really bad nights. I try not to take them often as they are addictive.
I try to avoid booze too but that's been hard during covid. But alcohol does make it worse. Voicing my thoughts out loud can be helpful too as i can then make sense of the noise in my head.
Hangover used to be fun for me but for a year now, it's been terrible. I always undersleep when hungover, wake up drunk, then start feeling progreessively worse throughout the day.
My heart is racing, I'm feeling the wolrd is so fragile - my gf, my parents and my grandma, I'm getting a feeling like everyone is going to get old and die very fast and I will be left alone and die too.
I've stopped drinking as much as a result and that helps lot. But then some time passes and it's some random party with my friends, and I drink a little too much because I think that everything will be alright this time. And then the fucked up state repeats.
I can't fall asleep because then I wake up feeling like I'm not breathing (sleep apnoe). And nothing I try can get my mood straight.
Today I woke up and started feeling like this again so I decided to check what reddit thinks about it. Looks like I'm not alone - good/bad to know, lol.
To you, my friend, who is going through this shitty time, be brave and remember that humans are sturdier than what it seems to you right now. You will get through this, I promise that you will feel fine in a short time. Just be patient and don't let your hangover personality take over too much.
PS If you ever wanna quit drinking, hit me up, I might be ready for the same thing.
I’m really sorry you feel this way, it is so familiar. My advice is to quit drinking. Trying to help yourself not feel anxious while actively drinking won’t work, period.
I just stopped drinking recently, and around the 2-week mark is when I would actively stop and think: “this is a situation/conversation that would have frozen me with anxiety while drinking, but now it doesn’t.” I still get nervous, of course, we all do: but that sort of “shattery” fragile-ness, that panicky, avoidant, shame-inducing, racing-thoughts feeling (especially in the throes of hanxiety) melts away into something more manageable.
If you want to, you could try cutting it out for a couple of weeks just to see how you feel. The clear head and reduced anxiety (or at least, the ability to rationally think through worrisome thoughts without becoming overwhelmed by them) is suuuuuch a benefit. Good luck my friend
Recommend putting down alcohol. Set a personal goal of going 30 days. Then shoot for 60. With some practice and new habits. You can stop this.
I'd also recommend getting off all stimulants. No coffee. No strong tea. No colas. Stick to water. Roibos or flower teas.
Also consider trying a few over the counter supplements. L-theanine is a great one to stop the cyclical body feelings triggering anxiety which triggers more body feelings.
Cutting alcohol and coffee have had the biggest impacts for me. Gym also helps a lot.
Best of luck
Oh and check out the book called DARE. It'll give you great ways to handle anxiety better. Easy read
Some tips I have found useful:
Taking n-acetylcysteine, there's a bunch of research on it, but it definitely helps with my anxiety especially in relation to alcohol.
A meditation practice is always helpful. Even if you start with one minute a day, it helps recenter you in time and space.
I keep a box of powdered pedialyte in my cabinet. One before bed, one when you wake up.
I agree with some of these comments. I think if yiuncan take a break from alcohol, your mind will clear and things will get better pretty quickly. Message me anytime if you need a chat
Also try taking Diazepam when getting uncontrollable hangxiety. It relaxes the nervous system and helps you sleep.
Don't overuse it because it's addictive.