I can't sleep...Watch
However, for the past two months or so, I've found that as soon as I'm about to fall asleep (and quite literally feel the falling sensation), I jolt awake and have a quick heartbeat for a few seconds. When it began it'd only happen once or twice but at its worst it'd happen every 3 minutes. I soon learned this was hypnic jerk and found that the best solution was to focus on something else - like how my day was or think about things I'd seen - as this was sort of a distraction and it helped me fall asleep.
But for the past three days it's been getting much worse. I find when I try and get to sleep I stop breathing for about 15 seconds before being jolted awake. It feels awful. I feel like when I'm jolted awake, someone is ripping me out of it by my chest and I get really light-headed and sick. I also feel myself spasm - so much so that I actually knock stuff off my bedside table. I can be jolted awake several times - last night I counted over 100 times. I actually end up finally getting some rest at about 4am, when I've turned the lights off at 11pm.
It's hindering my everyday life. I get really emotional and irritable at the smallest things and have lost my appetite. I now constantly look ill because I'm so pale from a lack of sleep. Tonight I think I might be hallucinating because I'm hearing noises that aren't being made (such as doors opening and someone turning on the tap) and seeing things that aren't there (I saw a huge spider walk across my wall even though I always check my room for spiders before I asleep. Still, I didn't want to risk it and I got the hell out of there. I actually just "saw" another one just now and I knew it couldn't exist because it seemed to vanish into thin air).
Overall it's terrifying and affecting me, especially since I still have exams and even have one tomorrow. Can anyone give me advice on what to do? I've tried sleeping on my side and making my bed more comfortable but it isn't working. I don't think I have a big neck (it's 15 inches) and even though I'm overweight, I'm working on it. What do I have?