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What is wrong with me?

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  • Posted By: thebyrddog
  • April 8, 2008
  • 03:49 AM

I'm 24 and I'm having some sleep issues. I can't fall asleep easily, and it normally takes me between 1.5-2.5 hours to fall asleep at night after going to bed. I'm not drinking caffeine, getting back up, turning on lights, reading books, or watching TV before bed. I literally just lay down in bed trying to sleep and I can't. I've had this problem since I was a little girl. Furthermore, I suddenly wake up in the middle of the night. Sweating, heavy breathing and nervousness accompany these wake up episodes that occur numerous times a week. Sometimes 2 or 3 times a night. Now, since all of these sleep issues, not being able to fall asleep and waking up randomly, have occurred throughout my life, I haven't thought too much about it. It's been annoying, but I never thought that there was a serious issue. However, I recently started doing some things that are very odd when I wake up suddenly at night. For example, I woke from a dream that I was being attacked by my husband. I shot straight up in bed, and I immediately punched my husband in his back so hard that there were obvious marks on his back the next day. When I did this I was full of rage, and I intended to do harm to him. About 10 seconds after I punched him, I realized what I had just done. I knew that when I punched him that I was dreaming, but I also thought that the dream was reality. I don't know what to make of any of this recent violence during sleep. I will go on and say that my husband is my best friend, and I don't harbor any ill feelings towards him. These strong positive feelings towards him during the day make the rage and violence that I express to him during these sleepy-half-awake stages at night seem very weird. I mean, if I didn't like him or if I was afraid of him, then I feel like I could justify my actions at night as a subconscious reaction to my feelings towards him. Similar violent or physical occurrences have occurred 4 or 5 times in the last 6 months or so during sleep. I normally fall asleep around 1 or 2 am, and most of these occurrences happen around 3 or 3:30. I will fall right back to sleep after a minute or so. I'm rather afraid of my recent behavior. What is happening? Thanks!

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