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Twice in the past week and a few times over the past 20 years,

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Twice in the past week and a few times over the past 20 years, on settling myself to sleep at night I have had the strange sensation of falling into oblivion. Sounds crazy, but it is very frightening and I force myself to keep my eyes open and not succumb to this overwhelming urge to drop uncontrollably. I've got round it by switching light on and reading, and then try again to go to sleep in normal way by just shutting my eyes. I do then get to sleep, and am mightily relieved when morning comes.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Thanks for this question

It sounds like possible anxiety. Do you attribute it to that.

Also, what medication do you take?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Not anxious, not taking any pills. Sorry, not happy with expert answer. Please cancel my payment

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 4 years ago.
I am a double board certified US doctor and I can answer this.

First let me ask this an actual physical sense of falling, as if you were going to fall through the bed?