Keep Calm And Slumber On: Helping Your Sleep Anxiety

Sleep anxiety is a type of insomnia, which affects the restful sleep of millions of people every night. The key to beating sleep anxiety is to develop better sleeping habits: helping you to keep calm, relax and sleep better.

Here are our top tips for attacking the problem of sleep anxiety: Read up on the condition of sleep anxiety. The more you know and understand about the problem, the easier it could be to beat it and get a good night’s sleep.

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Try to relax and unwind for around half an hour before bed. For instance, have a warm drink, read a book or practise yoga or meditation. It may help to dim the lights, play some relaxing music and practise deep breathing before bed.

Imagine you are elsewhere. Picture a relaxing scene: a beautiful sandy beach and the sound of the ocean perhaps, or a gorgeously colourful garden with the sweet scents of flowers.

Get Active!

Exercise during the day to spend your energy and to tire yourself out. Take a walk, go for a run, visit the gym, or take part in a yoga class. A word of warning though, don’t exercise too close to bedtime as strenuous exercise can release endorphins and adrenalin, making you feel ‘pumped up’ and having an adverse effect on your sleep patterns.

Be a busy bee! The more active and busy you are during the day; the more likely you will be to feel tired and sleep better once evening comes around. Create and stick to, a bedtime routine. Do the same things, in the same order every evening.

Soon, your body will begin to recognise the cues and start to unwind and prepare for sleep, helping you to drop off more easily. Early to bed, early to rise.

Or at least, go to bed at the same time every evening and get up at the same time every morning. This will cause your brain and body to feel sleepy and prepare for bedtime. Eat and drink well; try to cut down on caffeine, sugar and other stimulants in the afternoon.

Write down and keep a record of things that are bothering you and how badly you sleep each night. You may see a pattern and realise what types of problems and circumstances are keeping you awake.

Then you can try to eliminate and solve any issues, meaning you could sleep better. It’s good to talk, so have a chat with a family member or a friend to try and reduce anxiety. Otherwise, talking through your problems with a counsellor or therapist can help.

Get Comfortable!

Invest in a great mattress and some quality bedding. This will make sure you are as comfortable as possible when you get into bed and help you to relax and fall asleep. Archers Sleep Centre has plenty of advice and guidance on choosing the perfect mattress for your needs. All-in-all, be patient. It may take a while for your sleep anxiety to improve and disappear, but if you try all the above tips and develop a routine and recovery plan to suit you, it will get better.

This guest post was contributed by health blogger and enthusiast Robert

Comments

  1. Jobelle says:

    Thank you for the tips! I had been suffering this sleep anxiety for about a month now. My body clock had been abnormal ever since I finished school. I hate my eye bags right now so I guess I have to follow your tips and sleep normally starting today. 🙂

  2. Lynne Braganza says:

    I have had insomnia since I was a kid. It’s really hard although I must say I’m pretty used to it. I’m nocturnal now. Still, Night time sleep is still the best for your body and I’m hoping that your tips will help me sleep comfortably. 🙂

  3. malou nicart says:

    Minimizing clutter helps create a relaxing space. Likewise, reading the Scriptures provides much wisdom and relieves you from worldly concerns.

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