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Getting good sleep is necessary for every person, but many people are not able to get a full night's sleep. Stress, fatigue, or any medical condition can be the main reasons for poor sleep, but some people are afraid of sleeping. This is known as Somniphobia. In this situation, a person can remain worried about sleep throughout the day. This anxiety can cause a person difficulty concentrating. Mood swings, irritability, or rapid heartbeat can be the cause of Somniphobia. In this case, it can be treated with exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, etc.

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Today in this article, you will know in detail about the symptoms, causes, and treatment of Somniphobia -

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  1. What is Somniphobia?
  2. Somniphobia symptoms
  3. Risk factors for Somniphobia
  4. Somniphobia causes
  5. Somniphobia treatment
  6. Takeaway
Doctors for Somniphobia - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

This is a problem related to sleep. In this, the person is more afraid of falling asleep. People with Somniphobia may be worried about sleeping throughout the day. They can think of different ways to avoid sleeping at night. Because of this, they are not able to focus properly on their work. Let us tell you that in Somniphobia a person may be afraid of sleeping. In this situation, the person may be afraid of having bad dreams or the fear of sleep paralysis may also arise in the person.

Research shows that crores of people across the world are facing this disorder. This disorder is more common in women than in men. People who have had a stroke may be more prone to Somniphobia. People with Somniphobia may have more anxiety and fear after going to bed at night. People with Somniphobia may have to face problems like depressiondiabetesheart attackhigh blood pressureobesity, and stroke.

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If a person is trying to sleep, he may feel the following symptoms of Somniphobia -

  • Avoid going to bed
  • Mood swing
  • Feeling irritable
  • Turning on the lights or tv at bedtime
  • Difficulty concentrating throughout the day

Apart from this, people with Somniphobia may also experience several other symptoms. These symptoms can be felt at any time of the day or night -

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There can be some risk factors of Somniphobia i.e. some people are more likely to have Somniphobia -

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Although experts are not yet sure about the exact causes of Somniphobia, some sleep-related problems can cause Somniphobia -

Fear of dying in sleep

Many people have a fear in their minds that once they sleep, they may not be able to wake up in the morning. The fear of dying in their sleep remains in their mind. So, they keep trying to avoid sleeping.

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Various things going on in the minds of many people. The fear of such things remains in the mind of some people, which can happen at night. Like theft, fire, or any other disaster. One may be afraid to sleep after thinking about these things.

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Having nightmares

Some people may be afraid of bad dreams coming in the night, so they do not want to sleep at night. More nightmares can affect sleep. People who have nightmares while sleeping may have Somniphobia.

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Sleep paralysis

Sleep paralysis can also be the main cause of Somniphobia. This sleep disorder occurs when a person wakes up from REM. In this situation, the muscles can become tense. Because of this, it can be difficult for the person to walk. Because of this fear, he may be afraid to sleep.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder

People who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more prone to Somniphobia. In this situation, the fear of sleeping may remain in the person.

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Somniphobia is curable. Doctors can treat Somniphobia with the help of some medicines and therapy. Therapy and medications can help reduce the symptoms of Somniphobia. The treatment of Somniphobia is as follows -

Exposure therapy

Exposure therapy can prove to be one of the most effective treatments for Somniphobia. In this, an attempt is made to reduce the fear and anxiety of sleep. In this, fear is discussed, and relaxation techniques are used. In this situation, the doctor may advise the patient to sleep with the parents or someone close. Exposure therapy can help you sleep better.

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Cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy can also treat Somniphobia. In this therapy, doctors work to identify problems related to sleep. Also, try to know the fear of the patient. After taking this therapy, the person may find it easier to sleep. CBT can help a person develop better sleep patterns.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

If someone has suffered Somniphobia due to a stroke, then he can be given eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy. This can be an effective therapy to treat Somniphobia. With this therapy, doctors can help the patient to get better sleep.

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To treat Somniphobia, doctors may recommend beta blockers. For this, doctors can prescribe propranolol or atenolol medicines. These medicines can reduce the symptoms of Somniphobia. Also can normalize the heartbeat and reduce stress or anxiety.

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Benzodiazepine drugs such as alprazolam or lorazepam can also treat Somniphobia. These medicines can help in reducing the initial symptoms of Somniphobia.

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Somniphobia is a condition in which a person is afraid of falling asleep. This phobia can be due to nightmares, sleep paralysis, or stroke. Many times people are also afraid of dying at night, so they try to avoid sleeping at night. People with Somniphobia may try their best to avoid sleeping, but some medications and therapies can help reduce the symptoms of Somniphobia. Somniphobia can prevent the body from getting sleep, in which case there can be a lack of sleep. Lack of sleep can cause blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

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