When Anxiety Causes Insomnia

Have you ever felt uneasy, worried and filled with fear for no particular reason? This is called anxiety and most people suffer from it. Medically, it is termed as an overreaction to a situation that is perceived as a threat and not an actual threat.

Whereas some forms of anxiety such as post-traumatic stress have some real self defense mechanisms attached to them due to something unsettling that happened, other types such as panic attacks are unreasonable perceptions of danger where none exists. Anxiety can be short term lasting for a few minutes but then it can also be long term and interfere with normal body functions such as sleep causing insomnia.

Insomnia due to anxiety


Insomnia is the body’s inability to get proper or good quality sleep. 15% of adults suffer from chronic insomnia whereas 20 million Americans suffer from mild insomnia. One main cause of insomnia is anxiety ranging from panic attacks to post traumatic stress to generalized anxiety disorder and phobia among others. Lack of sleep or insomnia can lead to serious consequences that include attention deficiency, inability to concentrate, decreased productivity, temporary memory loss, increased risk of getting an accident and general poor health.

Anxiety is directly linked to insomnia and getting rid of insomnia means getting rid of anxiety. Whereas there are many causes and treatments, to get rid of insomnia can be as simple as talking to someone about your issues.

Insomnia causing anxiety

The easiest way to get rid of insomnia is to understand fully the cause of the anxiety that you feel. Common causes of anxiety could be linked to medical factors such as a symptom of a serious illness or side effects of medication being used; substance abuse; external factors such as money, family, school or work; and in few cases genetics.

So if you want to get rid of a panic attack or post-traumatic stress, know that which scares you and work on it. Source: http://fullhealthandwellness.com/how-to-get-rid-of-a-panic-attack-at-home

Treatment of insomnia causing anxiety

Knowing what makes you anxious is one step closer to getting rid of your anxiety. However, there are some habits and practices that could help you completely get rid of your anxiety:

Work out – exercise has been known not only to get rid of stress but also increase the levels of serotonin and other feel good hormones. This will steer you away from negative thoughts that cause anxiety.

Sleep well – even though sleep can be affected by anxiety, lack of sleep can cause anxiety. It is thus important to get sufficient good quality sleep every day. For better sleep, eat 2-3 hours before bed, avoid watching TV or using electronics in bed, get the right temperature in your sleeping room, block out all the right and avoid noise.

Meditate – a simple meditation technique is taking deep breaths and releasing them slowly. It also helps to keep a serene mental picture that will help you see there is not threat at all and rid you of anxiety.

Medication- this is the last option when all else fails. Anxiety medications should be taken at the advice of a qualified doctor and for only a short while.