Updated: Apr 29
I am currently writing to you because recently I have been way more anxious lately and I've noticed that it has started to affect my sleeping patterns. The thing about my anxiety is that it only really happens at night when I am trying to fall asleep. I don’t know what to do because sometimes and I stay up until three in the morning. It honestly makes me feel extremely sick which makes the situation even worse. What should I do about the anxiety when I try to sleep? Do you have any tips to help me feel more at ease?
Dear Anxious Insomniac,
I understand and feel for you under the circumstances. I have been in your exact same position and I sympathize with you. Being so anxious to the point where it feels almost impossible to relax especially when you're trying to sleep. There would be so many nights where I couldn't sleep because I had this really bad feeling in my chest and I was constantly overthinking. Anxiety itself is a very challenging thing to deal with but having it disrupt your sleep can make you feel even worse. At least from my experience, I would get so anxious that it would create other health problems. Those other health problems made me even more anxious because it made me think of the worst possible things that I could imagine. It's the feeling of uncertainty and constantly asking yourself “Is it ever going to end?” It felt like a constant cycle that just would keep repeating every single day. After a while, it can be draining and exhausting, especially if you're not getting sleep.
Anxiety is one of the worst feelings I have ever experienced but I overcame it and so can you! I understand that everyone is different so what worked for me may not work for everyone but here's what worked for me. I suggest that you start taking really deep breaths when you notice that your anxiety is extremely bad. Deep breathing really does go a long way and it'll help to calm you down a bit. I also really recommend checking-in with yourself and trying to find the root of the problem. Ask yourself what's making you anxious and challenge the thoughts by reassuring yourself that everything is going to be okay and focusing on the positives in your life.
Anxiety is extremely overwhelming but is important to remember that everything is in your head. Although it may be easier said than done, if it seems like it’s not getting better, there is absolutely nothing wrong with reaching out to a professional for help. Those were a few ways that helped me with my anxiety but talking to someone who specializes in it would be even more beneficial for you in order to take back control of your anxiety -- and your sleep. I hope this helps you and I wish you the best luck in overcoming this. You are so strong and I am incredibly proud of you!