Anxiety Sleep Disorders
Understanding Anxiety Sleep Disorders
Anxiety is a common and persistent feeling that has the patient unfocused and worried on something that is not actually happening to them at this time, however, something going on in their lives at this moment may trigger or aggravate the anxiety.
Some of the over the counter medications can help you fall asleep but they don’t help to quiet your mind and that’s were anxiety sleep disorders are coming from. You are busy thinking about the day or something that is bothering you and you don’t know how to turn off your mind so your body will get the rest it needs.
There are more than 80 sleep disorders recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Anxiety is also called panic attacks and they are described as pounding heart, palpitations, trembling, shaking and sweating, a sense of shortness of breath, nausea, GI discomfort, fear of loosing control, and fear of death, depersonalization, derealization, chills and hot flashes. A panic disorder has at least one month of one of the following – worry about the implications of the panic attacks, persistent concern about more panic attacks and panic attack avoidant behavior. Approximately 65 percent of panic attacks happen at night or during the awakening from sleep and when the person can not go back to sleep, they toss and turn and stress over their life or something that has or has not happened or will or will not happen and this brings on anxiety sleep disorders.
Sleep panic attacks are associated with NREM – non-rapid eye movement sleep, while nightmares or dream anxiety attacks are associated with REM sleep. Sleep panic attacks usually occur during late stage 2 and 3 sleeps, about 3 hours after falling asleep.
Treatment of panic and anxiety sleep disorders include avoiding caffeine – which is known to worsen anxiety – treatment with medication prescribed by a doctor that helps panic attacks and anxiety disorders and instructions on sleep hygiene.
Sleep hygiene is when you make your bedroom as comfortable as possible and only use your bed for sleeping. Do not read, watch TV or do anything else in bed (sex is okay). This way your body will associate your bedroom and more importantly, your bed with sleep. Do not nap during the day; wake up and go to bed at the same time every day of the week, even weekends, there is no such thing as catching up on sleep. No TV, fighting or anything stimulating 30 minutes before you go to bed. You can read a book, but not in your bed. Take a warm bath at least 30 minutes before you go to bed. Move your clock so that you can not see it. Watching the clock night after night only makes insomnia worse.
If you go to bed and after 20 minutes, you have not fallen asleep, get up and go into another room and do something boring, read a book or sew, but don’t watch TV, it’s to stimulating and will keep you awake. This is good sleep hygiene.
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