Insomnia and anxiety

Are you desperate to get a good night’s sleep but finding it impossible? Do you find yourself tossing and turning all night and when you do drift off, you wake up soon afterwards again? Is this something you’ve been experiencing for a few months, or do you experience these bouts every once in a while? Perhaps you’ve been having these bouts for years already but because they tend to come and go, you’ve always just battled your way through them. Well, if any of this sounds familiar, then I’m afraid that anxiety may very well be the cause of your insomnia.

How can this be possible? Well, if you worry about your job, finances, or personal life to the point a good night’s sleep is impossible, then you may be suffering from an anxiety induced sleep disturbance. And, no, this is not a minor problem. If you are unable to get a decent night’s rest, there can be many ripple effects that you must contend with in the rest of your life.

If you are not getting a good night’s sleep for a couple of weeks, what do you think the effect of this would be on your job? This would definitely take its toll on your work status. Irritability due to the lack of sleep can affect home life and cause problems with your friends and family. That is why it is imperative to take control of the situation and turn it around.

One question often asked even though we know anxiety can cause sleeplessness is why does this happen? Basically, the hyperactivity and restlessness you have are the reason these occur together. The mind races through so many thoughts that it makes it impossible to relax long enough to sleep. This is what ends up causing sleeplessness which must be dealt with by anxiety sufferers.

There are numerous ways to reduce anxiety in order to eliminate insomnia. In particular, one of the most beneficial things to do is to avoid consuming any substance that will contribute to your anxiety. For example, you should avoid caffeine and other stimulants if you are having trouble sleeping. Bear in mind, it’s been proven time and time again that these substances are known to increase and contribute to anxiety.

Frequent and regular exercise is also of vital importance, primarily because anxiety is interconnected with excessive amounts of tension and of course, exercise can greatly reduce tension. In fact, just as one can use exercise to burn up calories when you want to lose weight, so too can you use exercise to burn up tension.

Another way of reducing anxiety is by controlling your breathing. This will help to reduce the tension and anxiety you are feeling. Deep breath slows down the heart and calms the body. This is beneficial in helping to regain sleep patterns to normal.

Anxiety is bad enough by itself. But when you add sleeplessness, the problems are even more serious. But there are ways to lessen these symptoms. This allows hope that you will once again take control of your life.