Steph McGovern has detailed the traumatising night terrors she suffered as a result of subconscious stress, which made her believe she had misplaced her baby.
The 38-year-old former BBC Breakfast presenter, who welcomed her first child with her partner in November, revealed she sought therapy to overcome the debilitating nightmares.
"I don't ever actually feel stressed but the way it manifests in me is at night," she told The Sun. "I have crazy dreams and awful night terrors."
Steph said her dreams became increasingly more vivid and focused around the wellbeing of her child, and that her partner would sometimes find her "on the floor scrabbling around looking for the baby".
"I imagine she's in bed with me and I've dropped her, or I've lost her," the TV star explained. "Quite a few times, my partner has found me on the floor scrabbling around under things or in cupboards, looking for the baby.
"I'm asleep – my brain isn't working enough to know she actually is there, because I'm looking at things and I'm not seeing what's really there."
The disturbing dreams led Steph to seek counselling sessions, and while she hasn't been "cured" by therapy, her therapist has introduced her to coping mechanisms and a new bedtime routine to reduce traumatic thoughts.
"It's all to do with how you go to bed at night, about your peace of mind when you go to sleep," Steph said. "You imagine yourself in that situation, and in my sleep that's kind of what happens. So I have tried to change my bedtime routine a bit and it has helped."
She is now preparing to launch her new series Steph's Packed Lunch, which she will present daily and live from Yorkshire, with a mixture of entertainment, lifestyle and a variety of guests.
On Monday's show (14 September), she will be chatting to Vogue Williams, Miquita Oliver, Gemma Atkinson, and new Bake Off host Matt Lucas.
Steph's Packed Lunch launches on Monday, 14 September on Channel 4 at 12.30.
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