Sleep and more
Nowadays, more than 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, which means that sleep problems become more common and can happen to anyone.
There are many kinds of sleep disorders like insomnia (trouble falling asleep, having hard time trying staying asleep, waking too early in the morning) and sleep apnea (loud snoring caused by an obstructed airway), and as you can guess, sleep disorders can cause sleep anxiety, which is the subject and the reason behind this article.
Sleep Anxiety is part of a group of illnesses that contain panic disorder, post-traumatic disorder, social anxiety disorder, general anxiety disorder and panic attacks. All these illnesses are medical conditions, which can be cured with the right treatment.
The Causes of Sleep Anxiety
As already mentioned, one of reasons behind sleep anxiety is sleep disorders, but there are a lot of other potential causes:
• Stress – According to the Better Sleep Council, sixty five percent of Americans are losing sleep because of stress. When you are stressed, your mind doesn’t stop thinking, and as result – you have problems when you are trying to fall asleep.
• Depression – Depression is a medical illness that is identified by consistent feelings of unhappiness or emptiness. These feelings cause a difficulty falling asleep and poor-quality sleep.
The symptoms of Sleep Anxiety
People who suffer from sleep anxiety often have symptoms like thumping heart, trembling, gasping for breath and so on. These symptoms occur at night, mostly in the late hours of the night. The result of the attack is that the person loses their sleep and can not go back to sleep.That situation makes them angry and even more stressed, and believe me – that’s not a nice feeling.
Sleep Anxiety Treatments
If your sleep anxiety is a direct result of stress, you can try regular exercises which can decrease stress, or by practicing yoga and meditation which can make you more relaxed. Exercises like swimming or aerobics can help your body and lead you into a more relaxed state. But you should do exercises like these at least few hours before you go to sleep, as you need to let your energy from the exercise go off, unless you want to be restless at the night.
Another solution to make you more relaxed can be listening to music. The best type of music for that is a Soft, calming music (like classic music) which can lower your blood pressure and help your body relax.
If you are having a serious sleeping anxiety disorder, speak to your doctor. He can recommend you to visit a sleeping disorder clinic, where you can get special treatments including sleep medicine, cognitive-behavior therapy and relaxation techniques. These treatments can be mixed with other more simple treatments, such as I mentioned earlier.
Always seek medical advice if the disorder persists.