How to Overcome Anxiety and Insomnia
Quite often people will experience anxiety and insomnia together as one can easily cause the other. The cause of the insomnia may be due to anxiety as it can be hard to get a regular night’s sleep if you are worried and anxious when you go to bed.
The reverse can also occur where the lack of sleep for some other reason leads to anxiety due to insufficient rest.
There are different types of insomnia that are characterized by the time of night that they occur.
The first type of insomnia is called Early Insomnia. This is when you go to bed and cannot get to sleep and you spend much of the night or even all of it tossing and turning. If you suffer from this form of insomnia then make sure you aren’t taking anything stimulant such as tea or coffee in the last few hours leading up to your bedtime.
The second type of insomnia is known as Middle Insomnia. When you suffer from Middle Insomnia you wake up frequently during the night. Waking up in the middle of the night is often accompanied be feelings of anxiety. Middle insomnia is often caused by depression or anxiety.
The last form of insomnia if you haven’t guessed already is called Late Insomnia. Late Insomnia is when you wake up too early but you are able to get several hours sleep first. When you awaken too early you don’t feel refreshed by your sleep and it’s quite likely you will feel anxious too.
Like middle insomnia this sleeping disorder is likely to be the result of anxiety or depression.
Panic attack and anxiety sufferers can become more anxious as a result of suffering from insomnia. If you are able to find relief for your sleeping problems it will most probably reduce your anxiety levels.
If the insomnia is a symptom of anxiety then it is likely that treating the cause of the anxiety will be more beneficial in the long run.
If you are awake at night it is extremely frustrating not being to fall asleep and you will probably get very restless and start to toss and turn.
The mind become very active as the restlessness leads to thoughts of wanting to fall asleep that make it harder to get to sleep. The best thing to do when this happens is to try and distract yourself from these restless thoughts. It might be helpful to get out of bed for a few minutes and occupy your mind with something else.
I always find it helpful to go outside for some fresh air before returning to bed. You should find it easier to get some sleep after you have distracted yourself for a little while as your mind will be a lot calmer. The cause of your insomnia should determine what kind of help you should seek to overcome it.
If you are being kept awake at night because you are anxious then you may want to investigate methods of overcoming anxiety. If on the other hand you are suffering from anxiety because you can’t sleep then maybe you should focus more on why you can’t sleep rather than what is making your anxious.
When two problems like anxiety and insomnia are closely related then fixing one of the problem will most probably help with the other one.
The great news is that you can kind find many successful ways for anxiety and insomnia.