Somniphobia- Fear of sleep

All of us have trouble sleeping from time to time. This is often caused by stress or concentrating too much on things you have planned for the next day. You might be excited about an event that will be taking place soon or you may be worried about something. When the fear is out of control it is referred to as Somniphobia.

One potential cause of hypnophobia can be seeing someone else who has a sleep terror, incident or other triggering event, such as on television or in person, thus making the hypnophobic also afraid to sleep. Numerous patients who report having this phobia claim the source to be recurring nightmares. Hypnophobia might even reflect an underlying depressive disorder or anxiety disorder as well. It can also be caused by a traumatic experience.

Basic symptoms of hypnophobia include rapid breathing, shortness of breath, confusion, sweating, feeling of panic, dread and terror, sleepiness, dry mouth, drowsiness, trembling, irregular heartbeat and nausea.

Numerous patients who report having this phobia claim the source to be recurring nightmares. Hypnophobia might even reflect an underlying depressive disorder or anxiety disorder as well. It can also be caused by a traumatic experience. Patients may also become hypnophobic after sleeping through a traumatic event; for example, a patient may have fallen asleep while smoking and woken up on fire.

The key to treating hypnophobia is to reduce anxiety, or to eliminate it completely. Cognitive therapy is also said to be the most effective treatment of somniphobia.