So for a while now I've been having some really hardcore sleep issues that I've never had before. Basically if I go to sleep in the dark and wake up with it still being dark, I start to spazz out. Basically I wake up and feel like there is just this impending doom and the thought in my head is "It's so dark I can't see. I need to be able to see again" and I kind of like...space out and panic until I'm able to turn on a light or something. It isn't like a panic attack where you can't breathe. It is just all in my head, thoughts. Anyway it got so bad (every night happening) that I've basically been sleeping with the room light on for weeks now. The thing is that first of all....it's really embarrassing. Secondly the quality of sleep is horrible. Waking up feeling worse than when you went to bed. I thought it would just pass and tried again the other night (lights off) and found that no the problem did not resolve itself. Easy solution would be to just sleep with the TV on but the cable in the room doesn't work so all I get it static that freaks me out in general for some reason. I'd also like to stress that I have no fear of the dark. No issues going to sleep in the dark, walking in the dark at night, or whatever. Just upon waking. Anyway I tried to google it but couldn't really find anything exactly related to what I'm experiencing. Basically I just want to know if it is common and/or has a name and what can be done about it? If anything?