It has definately been more acute last Monday & this one then if last week is anything to go by , by wednesday I'm getting pretty much a normal nights sleep.
The involuntary waking is really hard to describe , it's like my brain triggers as soon as I drop into unconsciousness , the early part of the night is not so bad but once I'm wakened it's every five minutes or seems like it , I go to bed really early as well during the week anyway .
The feeling of anxiety is a general non specific feeling of not being oneself , low apettite , very tired ..obviously , plus a lot of stress at work right now.
Sometimes I don't drink for weeks , even months at a time and quite recently , until two weekends ago I have been working 7 weeks straight , 16hrs a day no socialising / drinking at all.
I can understand the physical side effects of having a good time at the weekend , not feeling so great etc , I am nearly 50 but this mental " effect " if indeed that is what it is is distressing me quite a bit .
I have had it before but not for a few years and it was usually the same sort of thing after a good night out or whatever .
Trust this helps...?
I generally only feel like this if I drink too much but not always , it's the sleep deprivation part that is bothering me , it feels like I am experiencing a three day / night pay back .
obvious answer give up drinking , I get it .
However i am worried about the brain trigger effect and wonder if there is anything I can do to alleviate , lessen this uncomfortable reaction?
I can only describe it as hugely uncomfortable when it's hapopening , then for no reason at all it will just go away and I'm back to normal ?
If you can imagine every time you drop into sleep a flash bulb going off in your head waking you up , feeling anxious for a few moments until you realise what it is and then dropping off again , repeat that for 8 - 10 hrs . Not sure how long it goes between wake ups but it feels like a lot .
This is accompanied by the anxious feeling , when I was younger if I'd overindulged i would just sleep it off and feel fine a few days later or even the next day .
Like I say it doesn't happen all the time , just now & again , it's pretty unpleasant.
I understand the draw backs of drinking fully , like I say I go long periods without doing it and hardly ever drink during the week anyway but at the time there has been a big social scene going on and I have felt terrible afterwards for days and i would just like to know if this is some sort of toxic shock or whatever that is causing me to keep jump starting myself during the night ?
Can't explain it in any more detail , I think i will just give up drinking.