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I suffer with anxiety but wounded if anyone out there suffers with this .. bit hard to explain. . When I'm falling asleep not every night and when im breathing out I get a feeling only for a split second what only feels like my body stops. turn off nothing there and I mean it feels like my whole body has stopped working . This really freaks me out and send my anxiety through the roof pls help

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    Yes oh my god !! I know what u mean I get it like 12 times a month one night it happened 30 times in a night I wrote down cause it startled me awake x
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      Thanks for replying I thought it was only happening to me . Have you ever found out what causes it and why . I found a web page saying brain misfire ..I thought my heart had stopped it's such a strange feeling . I take propranolol 80 and thought is it a side effect but can't find anything related .iv only been taking these for about 3 months and iv only had this strange feeling for a couple of months
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    Yeah iv had this a few times too I also jump awake and start panicking 
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    Hi Darryl

    This is a really common issue for me when suffering from anxiety (on meds now).  I literally will stop breathing and wake up gasping for breath, heart pumping and adrenaline running.  

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      Hi louise

      I don't even get to sleep it's always just as I'm about drop off it doesn't make me jump it's more of I can't move it's hard to explain . Imagine playing a dvd watching a person and pressing pause for a split second that what it feels like it also get silent . It's very scary

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      Is this whike your actually asleep because I actually freeze in my sleep ?? Like I can't move and I want to scream but I can't nobody else gets this im probably on about something diffrent ?

      My cbt worker said there's flight or fight you either run away or face it or there's a 3rd one and that's freeze and that's what I think this may be

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    i just thought of something that could be this sensation: sleep paralysis. it happens when you're falling askeep or waking up or transitioning between sleep phases. it can be something that is more likely to occur in anxiety sufferers. maybe google it - it may sound familiar or possible. good luck figuring this out!
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      Anxiety is very personal to all of us. We all suffer from different little symptoms and sensations.  You can torment yourself thinking of it all.  What is strange for you might never be heard of for another.  Me for instance I get sever pain in my oesphagus/food tube.  I can fall asleep and stop breathing, I get numb arms and face like a stroke.  I know it's anxiety but just because others don' thave the same doesn't mean it's not anxiety.
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    I believe I have had this feeling. It is like I have to make myself keep moving a part of my body, like bouncing my foot, cause if I stop, my heart will stop too. When exhaustion gets the best of me and I can not make myself stay awake any longer, I sleep sitting up. Laying down seems to make it worse. Does this sound like what you are talking about?
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