Anxiety, yes or no?

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Hi im Amy, 23.

I recently have been suffering with symptoms which i am not sure are 100% related to anxiety. I find myself short of breath, really nervous and scared of going to sleep. I often twitch whilst drifting off, my legs and hands mainly. It has gotten to the point where i feel i have to have an alcoholic drink in the evening to prompt me to sleep, surely this isnt right? I am currently on Propanolol and have been for a few weeks due to headaches, and apparently they are supposed to help anxiety too. I feel very nervous about sleeping, paranoid that my heart will give up on me due to beating so fast or something will happen with my head and headaches.

I would appreciate any help or advice as its not healthy nor normal to be drinking at 23 to the extent i do, to simply be able to sleep.

Thanks in advance.


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  • Posted

    I am on Propranolol 80mg Twice a day for anxiety.

    I certainly know when I don't take them! I get anxious sometimes,  get Palpatations at night if I reduce to only one tablet..

    These will help you at night.. it could be the drink that causes the breathing issues.. is also a vaso dilator which opens up the veins and arteries.. like the Propranalol which is a Beta Blocker

    Personally better to take them at a routine time: Am on waking X1 PM x1 before bed.

    I find this works for me.

    when you say you are drinking what and how much? It could make you light headed and dizzy.

    • Posted

      Im on 80mg 1xdaily, thats what my doctor advised, she also said i had to take them in the morning, before 12.

      I usually drink wine, and can drink upto a bottle just to get me to sleep.

      Im feeling real awful recently though, ive never been paranoid or nervous about sleeping in my life!


    • Posted

      Try and ease up on the wine! Just one glass if you have to have any!

      never use alcohol for easing your nerves, can become a habit!

      It's okay to drink but minimally. I used to have a shot brandy before bed which helped me a lot. 

      Now on 2 Propranalol tabs I don't need it, speak to your Doctor, I have Amytriptiline 1 at night, certainly does the trick..

      best of luck.


    • Posted

      Yeah thats what im scared of, becomming dependent on the alcohol to get sleep. I dont want to go down that route at all. Im gonna go back to the doctors tomorrow and seek some more advice.

      Thank you! x

  • Posted

    The twitching of legs and sleeplessness is part of propranolol, you need to tell your doctor what's going on.

  • Posted

    Hi Amy

    You really should seek medical advice but one thing I know is you certainly won't die from having anxiety. I started 2.5 years ago and I'm still asking myself is it anxiety but I've had every blood test and cardiological examination going, I do have a murmur but it's not related. Started with palpitations but unlike you in so exhausted from it all I don't have trouble sleeping! Alcohol, caffeine and sugar will all contribute to bad health physically or mentally! Moderate!!

    Hope you feel better soon

    Steve ?

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