Why Am I Sick In My Sleep


Asked by Mal Hinton

Why Am I Sick In My Sleep

Sometimes i awake in the middle of the night because i am being sick. This problem is NOT related to consumption of alcohol nor i believe from eating to close to bed time.

I do think, however the problem may arise due to severe stress. What is your viex? How dangerous is my problem? Can i receive treatment for this?



Dear Mal,

It must be awlful to wake up in the middle of the night sick! It certainly sounds like a problem that you want to attend to ASAP. Here are my suggestions:

1. Make an appointment with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) for a full physical.

While you're waiting for you appointment, you can check out your symptoms here to try to get some clues about what's going on.

Since you think it's stress-related, try taking the stress test to get a feel for how much stress you've been experiencing lately.

2. If your PCP agrees that it's stress, then you need to work on developing a lifestyle to better cope with stress.

You may want to consult with a therapist or life coach for help(Here are some referrals)

Learn abdominal breathing and Progressive muscle relaxation

I hope this gets you started towards more peaceful and healthy sleep!


Dr. Jennifer Fee


Answered by Jennifer L. Fee, Psy.D.