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Undiagnosed Scared to sleep



I often wake up several times a night to very light sounds to check if an intruder is in the house. I would sometimes run into the living room with a gun when my cat had the night zoomies. I sleep with loud white noise machine the last few years. The last three nights I have had horrible night terror episodes. Yesterday, a half dozen times. The night prior I had one lasting over a minute, screaming and grabbing my girlfriends legs. Around ten years ago I was stabbed five times while fighting two guys in a grocery store parking lot. I had some obvious PTSD symptoms for the first few months. The sleeping disturbances have always come and gone. They have never been this bad and I am avoiding sleep tonight after it already happening three times in the three hours since I went to bed.
I want to first acknowledge how challenging it must be to experience such intense night terrors and disruptions to your sleep. It sounds like you have been through a traumatic event in the past, and it's clear that it's still affecting you today. It's common for PTSD symptoms to resurface or worsen over time, especially when triggered by current stressors or reminders of the trauma.

It's essential that you prioritize your well-being and seek support to help you navigate through these difficult moments. Have you considered reaching out to a mental health professional, such as a therapist or psychologist, who specializes in trauma and PTSD? They can provide you with tools and strategies to manage your symptoms and work through the underlying trauma.

In addition to professional help, connecting with others who understand what you're going through can also be incredibly beneficial. MyPTSd.com is a peer-to-peer community where individuals with PTSD and CPTSD can share their experiences, find support, and exchange coping mechanisms. There are specific forums on the website that focus on topics like sleep disturbances, night terrors, and trauma triggers, where you may find valuable insights and solidarity.

Remember, you are not alone in this journey, and there are resources and people out there who can help you heal and regain a sense of peace. Take care of yourself and know that it's okay to ask for help when you need it.