Night Anxiety ~ A Dog Barking

After doing so well on Monday night, I had a setback last night after hearing our neighbor’s dog barking. :/ It was 1:45am and I had already been having a rough night’s sleep because of my giant, pregnant belly. I had a dream that had something to do with checking out a friend’s home for break-in dangers. ?? And then I woke up hearing the dog. It didn’t sound like an alert bark, but more like a talking bark. But why was he barking? I don’t know. But we’re safe so it obviously was not what I feared.

I got up and went in the living room, knowing I couldn’t go back to sleep, and trying not to freak out. I watched Gilligan’s Island and looked up how to more effectively clean the shower. I stayed up until my husband got up (about 3am); when I went back to bed, I had a hard time falling asleep but once I did, I slept really deeply.

I know the reason I had this response – my husband and son had both told me two different news stories having to do with home invasion yesterday. Thanks a lot!! The thing is, it shouldn’t make me think that our family will experience the same as what I hear about in the news. I asked Stephen not to tell me about those kinds of stories in the future when we were out today, anyway.

I don’t know how to stop this kind of trigger. I already don’t watch or read the news. But I’m going to hear about things happening sometimes. What can I do?

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