Reyna Harris

What is it?

Somniphobia is the irrational fear of sleep.

The origin of the word somini is Latin (meaning sleep) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear).

Why do this happen?

It may result from a feeling of control loss, repeating nightmares, or anxiety over the loss of time that could be better spent. Generally, phobias arise due to a traumatic event.


The symptoms vary based on the level of fear. The symptoms usually include extreme anxiety, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, etc.

Can you take medication?

Yes, but it does come with side effects and/or withdrawal symptoms that can be severe. Also, medicines do not cure phobias, they only temporarily suppress the symptoms. However, there are treatments for phobias, which include counseling, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, and Neuro-Linguistic programming.
Fear of Sleep - Somniphobia CAN be Overcome