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Is it possible to carry your anxiety with you into sleep(hypnic jerks) if you don't first decompress and calm down before bed?

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I've noticed that if I'm calm 2 hours before I get into bed
i'm relatively calm and can sleep with few ectopics, heart palps, racing thoughts
or uneasiness.
However I find that when I get into bed straight from a long, stressful day full of anxiety
and I haven't done anything to mediate it before bed
I get hypnic jerks, like just as I'm falling a sleep, I get this sweeping anxiety jolt
all over my body followed by some heart palpitations, this causes me to wake up or breath
hard and then it's normal. Then I try to fall asleep again. then just when I'm getting knocked out
the same jolt of anxiety, almost like a chemical rush goes into my body and I feel super anxious,
get the heart palps, jerk a bit and wake up.Eventually I fall asleep.
Anyone ever experience this? Is it true that if you did solve this its becuase you worked out, did yoga,
mindful meditation, maybe smoked a joint before going to bed or a few hours before calmed yourself down ?
 
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I used to get this many years ago. It also lead to terrible dreams where I tried to wake up but was paralysed by sleep. It came before a breakdown in my case but I am not saying that is true for you. I just went to the doctor and got pills for my experience as I didn't even think of meditation. I think you are far wiser than me in doing that and doing something to decompress first. I never smoke dope as I always get sick on it.
 
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Yes I use to get that while I was falling asleep. I’d get panic attacks in the middle of my sleep too. Sounds similar to what you’re experiencing. You could try meditating and breathing exercises, but for me I needed the meds.
 
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Okay thanks. I don't like meds, chemicals or drugs
I'm on cannabis with cbd oil dominant strains and it's working
just not as much at night though but I think it will once
I complement it with my own mind shift a few hours before.
 
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