When Anxiety is Interrupting Your Sleep

It’s happened to many of us at one point or another. We’re tossing and turning throughout the night while stealing glances at the clock to count how much sleep we’re missing. It can become  a vicious cycle since our anxiety about sleeping can keep us up even longer.

The common causes of anxiety before sleep include:

  • Over-focusing on stress: Focusing on the stress from the day and the stress to come can make it difficult to calm your mind.
  • Fear: Feeling fearful, worried or sad at night can aggravate your anxiety and keep you from relaxing before bad. 
  • Quick-moving thoughts: Having thoughts rushing through your head also makes it difficult to go to bed at night since these thoughts aren’t easy to calm.
  • Poor sleep patterns: You may have developed a poor sleep pattern if stressing before bed has become a habit.
  • Anxiety disorders: Research shows that sleep disorders are found in almost all anxiety and psychiatric disorders. A few include generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Nighttime anxiety can result in many different symptoms in your body. A more obvious one is that you’ll typically have trouble falling and staying asleep. However, there are other symptoms like twitching and gastrointestinal problems that some may not realize are a result of their stress anxiety. When you start to notice anything off with your sleep, you should alert your doctor to get to the root of the issue.

When anxiety is interrupting your sleep, it can take a toll on your mind and your body. Your mood may change due to your lack of sleep and you may have difficulty paying attention during the day or performing well at your job.

To learn more, take a look at this visual guide to sleep anxiety below from Casper to learn how you can conquer sleep anxiety. Their guide highlights ten ideas and actionable tips you can practice before you go to bed and.

sleep anxiety infographic



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