I’m sorry this is happening to you. Please don’t assume that you are “insane.” You might be describing a sleep disorder or a related condition. Typically, individuals with nightmare disorders describe similar symptoms. Their dreams are frightening and feel very real. Often the dreams involve threats to their survival, or some other related serious life-threatening scenario.
It’s important to consult your primary care physician about this matter. They will evaluate your symptoms and determine if you’re a candidate for a sleep study. Sleep studies allow for the proper diagnosis of a sleep disorder. They are typically done in comfortable rooms with trained professionals monitoring various elements of your sleeping patterns. I hope this helps you know how to proceed. Good luck and please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle