Fear of going to sleep / Insomnia
Many people with panic disorder can develop a fear about going to sleep.
This can be for various reasons.
Usually, in the case of people with panic disorder, the overriding concern is that difficulty sleeping will lead to more panic attacks – so this fear has to be worked with first.
Working on the fear of sleep related panic attacks
Work out a PANIC SEQUENCE PROFILE for any previous times you have had a panic attack related to sleeping or waking up.
Observe how your thoughts ABOUT the unpleasant sensations increased the symptoms. Write down all the thoughts and RESTRUCTURE them based on your new understanding.
From this, work out a FLASHCARD.
Working on not being able to sleep / Insomnia
What can help with sleep problems?