Most people who suffer from anxiety also have trouble sleeping. While many of us experience not getting enough sleep every once in a while, there are people who can’t get enough sleep all the time.
People who worry too much get very little to no sleep. When this becomes a routine, it causes many problems. The risks of not having enough sleep extend beyond fatigue.
Lack of sleep affects a person’s mood. In some cases, sleep deprivation also contributes to depression. Other problems of sleeplessness include:
Poor performance at school or at work
Health issues such as heart diseases, stroke, obesity and diabetes.
There are many factors contributing to sleep problems. It can be due to medical problems or physical conditions. If anxiety turns to be the main contributing factor, here are some strategies to improve your sleep.
1. Seek help from a mental health professional or a sleep disorder specialist. They have all the medication and therapies to help you with your sleep problem.
2. Be committed in exercising regularly. Those who exercise regularly tend to have more peaceful sleep. The best time to exercise is every afternoon. Avoid exercising a few hours before bedtime as it may interfere with sleep.
3. Try some activities that relax both your mind and body before going to bed. A warm bubble bath right before you go to bed is a perfect idea. You may also try meditative exercises.
4. Taking naps can affect normal sleeping cycles. You may want to avoid taking naps and make yourself tired and sleepy when bedtime comes.
5. When you aren’t really sleepy, don’t pressure yourself into sleeping. You’ll just end up being wide awake from your frustration.
Trust the process. The key to successfully managing your anxiety to overcome your sleep problem is to take the small steps and stay committed.