Insomnia and sleep deprivation are one of the most common problems in our modern societies. Can you guess what else is common? Anxiety.
If you have no direct cause that is preventing you from sleep – such as back pain, arthritis, or any sort of disease or medication that prevents sleep – chances are you are not being able to sleep because you have anxiety.
Anxiety can come in all shapes and forms, from social anxiety, to fear of public speaking and even panic attacks.
Anxiety becomes a problem when there is no obvious reason for you being stressed out, when you have been anxious for a long time and it doesn’t seem it will go away any time soon, when it becomes paralyzing to you that you don’t participate in any sort of activities because you are afraid and anxious.
That’s when anxiety becomes a problem, when it crosses the normal levels, we all feel anxious from time to time and we all have something that we fear facing, but when it becomes overwhelming, when it becomes paralyzing, when it becomes the elephant in the room, that’s when it becomes a problem.
So if you haven’t been suffering from any diseases or an obvious and direct cause for you to lose your sleep, the most probable answer will be that you are suffering from anxiety.
And as long as your anxiety continues, your lack of sleep will continue and your anxiety may even increase over time. And if there’s no one to point out to you that anxiety may be the cause of your sleepless nights, you may never know …
What Is Anxiety Actually …
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear. It has common physical and emotional symptoms and it usually gets associated with negative thoughts and self-talk.
The psychological symptoms of anxiety are:
- Feeling worried or uneasy a lot of the time
- Having difficulty sleeping, which makes you feel tired
- Not being able to concentrate
- Being irritable
- Being extra alert
- Feeling on edge or not being able to relax
- Needing frequent reassurance from other people
- feeling tearful
Stress hormones such as adrenaline & cortisol get released when you are feeling anxious or stressed, which cause the physical symptoms of anxiety, which are:
- A pounding heartbeat
- Breathing faster
- Palpitations (an irregular heartbeat)
- Feeling sick
- Chest pains
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling faint
- Needing the toilet more often
- “Butterflies” in your tummy
Why Anxiety Happens
Anxiety may happen for several reasons, it may be caused by your genetics. If you have a family history of mental health conditions then your anxiety cause might be your genes, it’s not always the final reason and you might have a family history of mental illness and you were totally fine, but it might be a reason of your anxiety.
Also there are personality factors that comes into play when it comes to anxiety, you might be the personality type that’s shy and doesn’t like interacting with others a lot, this may be a contributor to your anxiety.
On going stressful events could also be a cause for your anxiety, fear of losing your job, your kids getting hurt, or you getting stolen. All these thoughts are sources of stress that can lead to your anxiety.
You might be a perfectionist, perfectionism leads to a lot of stress and disappointment since you will never achieve perfect results, which may lead to negative self-talk and accumulate anxiety and stress.
How To Deal With Anxiety
You have 5 options to deal with your anxiety which you can follow them all, I will mention them briefly and will expand on each one of them in later articles:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Relaxation Techniques
- Deep Abdominal Breathing
- Replacing negative self-talk with coping self-talk
- Use Weighted Blankets, they have great benefits for reducing anxiety
Understanding the roots of your problem is the first step to solving them, and that’s what we achieved in this article by pointing out to you the most probable reason why you are not being able to sleep if you’re physically fine.
By having a general understanding of anxiety you probably will be able to notice the next time it’s in action, and you will be able to fight back or at least ask for help, that’s when will we come for the rescue …