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What causes sleep anxiety?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019


Stress and Anxiety throughout our daily lives is a significant factor in causing sleep anxiety. Sleep disorders interfere with our emotional and mental function and connect to creating severe sleep disturbances.

Research shows that anxiety can cause sleep problems and sleep problems can also cause distress. If this all goes unchecked, this can become a cycle of torment.

Sleep Anxiety can result in poor performance at work which may result in further health and safety issues. In addition to anxiety,-mood disorders can develop, and this can later develop into heart diseases, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.

Here are a few thing that you can do to ensure you are sleeping well and avoiding anxiety.

1. Breathing

Research shows that we tend to breathe shallowly. A deep breath helps to clear the mind and relaxes the muscles in the body.

2. Put your phone away

Looking at your phone in the dark in bed is bad for your eyes and over stimulates the mind and this makes it harder to go to sleep. Sleep anxiety is birthed out of fear of worry and over stimulation. Overthinking and constant checking feeds anxiety.

3. Set a bed time

Set a bedtime and stick to it. Focus on making it a habit to get 8-9 hours of sleep. Not getting enough rest has an impact on your nervous system and your heart. Be severe with your resting time make it an important part of your life.

4. Stretching

Before sleeping stretch your muscles. Prepare yourself for the best sleep ever. Focus on your stretches and make the most of them. Think of your sleep as preparing your body for the next working, preparing you to achieve your accomplishments.

If you are struggling with sleep anxiety, you are encouraged to seek professional support. There is something on your mind that is troubling you and if you find yourself not sleeping, seeking relief from an external person will help to put things into perspective for you.

If this resonates with you, let's have a chat and start getting the sleep you deserve.

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