Disturbed sleep

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This is about the third time I ve written about this but I m really scared!  I seem to fall asleep at night and am then woken with a jolt with odd sensations and fear of something horrible!  Is this normal?  I'm 54 and had my last period 6 months ago.  I feel shaky and anxious and am not getting much sleep when it happens.  Does anyone else have anything like this?

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    Have you tried doing some stretching before bed?  Or try some supplements to keep you sleeping?  I've heard Valerian Root is good and Cod liver fish oil too.

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    Oh and another thing try some oils..  Last week I woke up at 4 and couldn't get back to sleep so I used some 'stress' oils and it did help me relax and go back to sleep.

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    Yes, when I first started Perimenopause, it used to happen to me, to the point where I had to go to the ER couple times, almost like an anxiety attack, scary!!!. Once in a while still happens but very mild. I drink a lot of herbal teas and changed my diet to basically Organic, and I noticed it's helping a great deal! and, above all else I pray nightly before I sleep. Two of my favorite verses 1st Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on him, Psalms 4: 8 I will both lay down in peace and sleep!!!. Praying your health will improve. God bless!!!

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    Hey. I woke up with a start on night because I felt a weight on my chest. When I opened my eyes I saw a person in the dim light sitting on my chest. I screamed, lashed out with my arms and kicked my legs. I woke my husband who grabbed me and asked if I was ok. The figure disappeared and I just said yeh, fine, just a hallucination. This was when I had started getting hot flushes. My poor hubby had to put up with being woken up by my screams quite a few times. The hot flushes seem to have stopped (I had a period after a break of 160 days), as have the night terrors ... for the moment anyway. I have always had hallucinations when falling asleep, they are quite common and normal - Hypnagogic (during the transition from awake to asleep) and hypnopompic (during the transition from sleep to awake) hallucinations. I just came to accept them over the years and, in fact test them with curiosity and interest, like, how did my mind create that? Some people have much worse - they see very frightening things and are paralysed and cannot scream - those are known as night terrors. I think the hormone changes during menopause made these nightime events worse for me and made them more like night terrors. And I guess, for some people who have never experienced them before they could be quite scary.
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    Sorry you're having to deal with this.  I think it would help if you described the "odd sensations" you're experiencing.  There is a condition that is called "sleep paralysis" that is very similar to what Suki Girl describes below.

    But on the spiritual side, years ago, because of certain conditions in my life,  I suffered from anxiety and stress and could not sleep. I am not Catholic, but I got two medals, St. Michael and St. Benedict and a Catholic friend was kind enough to have them blessed by her priest.   I wore them day and night on a chain around my neck and their presence brought me great peace.xx    

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    Hello.

    Yes, I have been jolted awake before. It feels like an adrenaline rush that you get when suddenly scared or surprised. There is a feeling of dread and my chest feels hot and prickly and burning and tight. This is due to hormanal changes. I also read that it is an adrenaline rush. I guess we all are actually awakened by an slight adrenaline rush every morning but for women going through perimenopause/ menopause everything gets out if whack and too much adrenaline is released and at the wrong times.

    I have found that avoiding sugar and foods that become sugar like bread and pasta helps. I also see an acupuncturist once every week or every other week. This has helped a lot. I also saw a homeopathic doctor who gave me menopause remedy, that helped very much.

    I can private message you the name of the homeopathic remedy. It is available at health food stores.

    Take care.

    Tracy

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      Hi yes that sounds exactly what s going on. So frustrating and frightening!  I would love to know what the homeopathic remedy is. Thanks you ve made me feel a little better although dreading going to bed!!  
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    Hello.

    I can't figure out how to private message you.

    It is called Sepia. Check it out online as a homeopathic remedy for menopause symptoms. Health foods stores sell it.

    I hope it helps:-)

    Tracy

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    I get these, i have been getting them for some 2 years or so now they decrease over Time. Granted it is scary and frightening. One thing to note u are not dying. These are called electric shock sensations almost line a elastic band going off inside your body. Our hormones play havoc wifh our bodies sometimes.

    All the best.

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