Since mid-June I’ve been having sleeping issues, due to my fear of sleep. I’m 17, been sleeping well for the past 16 years without much thought. Then one day, I suddenly thought of what we are doing during sleep. We don’t realize what is going on, we can’t control anything, we literally stop living during those hours of sleeping and it’s so scary. Every night since then I tell myself to be brave and sleep, because it’s still important, some nights it worked and some it didn’t. I just woke up from a very disrupted sleep. The fear kept my heart awake all night and until now It’s still beating very quickly and i have no idea what to do about it. I’ve told my parents, friends, teachers about this but nobody is able to relate to my problem at all and all they tell me is to not think and just sleep. It doesn’t work that way, I’ve told them so many times. My parents are irritated at the fact that I’m scared of something that many see as a privilege. I know that sleep is important, is good and many enjoy it, but I don’t and I desperately want to feel the same way others do about sleep but no matter how hard I try I can’t. I know that this fear is not common, but there are still individuals facing the same problem, hence I’m posting this.
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