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I Have Woke Up Attacking My Partner On Two Occasions Now

by Anom

Last night I woke up with my hand squeezing my partner's throat really hard. I immediately pulled away and she started crying. I am not a violent person and we have a really good relationship together for 5 years. It was like I was dreaming and as soon as I woke up I stopped and realised what was happening. I felt so bad because it's really not in my nature to be violent.

I had another instance last year, but I woke up and I was elbowing my partner's arm really hard. As soon I became aware I stopped. Again I felt awful.

Not really sure why this is happening. It has only happened to me twice but it's scary because it's like I wasn't in control. I would hate for this to happen again

I am now basically looking online to see what it might be when I came across this website. I have a terrible sleep pattern with late nights and early mornings which may contribute. Does anyone know why this happened? It was a very weird experience for me. The main concern Is that I will hurt my partner seriously. If I had not woken up then who knows what could have happened.

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