Sleep with Severe Anxiety


Sleep problems affect millions of people

Millions of people have trouble sleeping at night, and if you have severe anxiety the problem can be much worse. Sleep helps us cope with the problems that we face in life, so anxiety symptoms can be magnified when you are sleep deprived. The entire sleep problem can become a vicious circle because you become more anxious when you cannot sleep.

Anxiety causes sleep problems

You may find that you cannot stop your thoughts from racing when you try to sleep. Your heart may be pounding and your muscles feel tense. People who suffer from Obcessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) think of all of their unfinished work when they are trying to go to sleep. With so many thoughts racing through your head, it is very difficult to relax so that you can sleep.

Anxiety and sleep are closely related

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety could cause the sleep problems that you are having. On the other hand, some of the latest research points to the fact that sleep deprivation is also a cause of an anxiety disorder. Either way, the problem is that many millions of people in this country alone are not able to sleep through the night, or they wake up still feeling tired. According to ADAA, some of the latest research studies show that people with chronic insomnia are at an increased risk of developing an anxiety disorder.

Medication may be required to get a restful night of sleep

Although you probably want to avoid medication to help you fall asleep and stay asleep, you may need to take some type of medication on a short-term basis. Make an appointment with your doctor if you are having trouble sleeping, especially if you already suffer from an anxiety disorder. A sleep disorder clinic is another place where you can find help when night after night passes without getting adequate sleep.

Other ways to sleep when you suffer from an

Cognitive behavior therapy is often helpful when you have a sleep disorder. Your therapist can help you realize what is keeping you from sleep. You can then try to change the behavior that is keeping you from sleeping. Sleep therapists also recommend that their patients try to meditate for relaxation. You can use visualization while you are trying to drift off to sleep as well. Imagine yourself on a peaceful beach with the waves crashing bacward and forward. An ocean CD will make your visualization more realistic and relaxing.

Other tips for a good night of sleep

Some general tips that therapists use to help their clients learn to sleep better are to have a regular bedtime with a regular routine. Avoid staying on your computer until bedtime, and use your bedroom for sleep, not for paying bills or watching TV. The idea is that when you enter your bedroom, you also enter a state of mental relaxation. It may take time to do this, but it is worth the effort. Regular exercise is also related to getting sound sleep. It is best to exercise in the morning or afternoon, and never before bed.

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