so this might be a strange thread, but it’s been stressing me out for a while so i’m hoping that someone has had a similar experience to share because i had no luck in looking for help so far.
so, a tiny bit of background. a couple of years ago, i developed sleep-related anxiety. some of you might remember seeing posts of mine about the topic. there’s even an infamous thread from two summers ago that brought lots of you to make fun of me at the time. admittedly, it was pretty hilarious, but it stemmed from something that was really bothering me at the time.
either way, i have gotten used to that anxiety and, although it’s pretty annoying at times, i got it mostly under control (partly with the help of meds, although i would guess that by now that’s mostly placebo effect).
however, what’s really weird is a physical feeling i get from time to time when i’m particularly anxious, and for the past couple of weeks i’ve basically been getting it every night.
i have been calling it “hot flashes” because i couldn’t find a better word for it, but basically what happens is i get really hot, even when the temperature is freezing cold. i start to feel heat propagating from the bed under my body, from the bed sheets over me. i just get very, very hot. it gets to the point that i need to take my shirt off, take my covers off, and open the window. even then, i still feel burning hot but eventually, after one hour on average, sometimes up to three, my mind eventually drifts off and i fall asleep.
then in the morning, i wake up freezing, have to rush to the window to close it, and i need to put a buttload of clothes on and end up feeling cold for the first half of the day. as a result, i often get sick to the stomach, a headache, a sore throat, and stuff like that in the morning. it sucks to wake up feeling like an ice cube, but it sucks even more to feel like i’m on fire at night so i choose the least sucky option.
another thing that happens often once i’ve gotten shirtless and opened the window is that i’ll get really cold but, as soon as i cover myself up even the tiniest bit, the feeling of heat comes back.
this is really weird and, aside from conjecturing that it’s something that stems from my psychological state at night (i.e. anxious and borderline insomniac at times), i haven’t been able to track this down to a concrete reason and, possibly, a solution.
has any of you ever experienced this weird phenomenon?