Open any magazine or visit any sleep-related website these days and you’ll read sleep news on everything from sleep apnea to anxiety and sleep disorders. Headlines on major newsstands tout all of the ways to sleep better, but for most people, it’s old news. How many times have you been told not to drink caffeine in the evenings, to eat healthy, and to get moderate exercise on a daily basis? If you’re someone who suffers from anxiety and sleep disorders, those suggestions will certainly help, but it’s going to take a little more than the typical suggestions to put the Z’s back in your night.
Instead of asking yourself which came first, the chicken or the egg, ask yourself whether your anxiety or the insomnia came first. Naturally if you’re not sleeping, there’s something wrong. Work on your mind? Relationship issues? Any number of things can trigger a bout of insomnia. However, on those rare occasions when you just can’t get to sleep for any particular reason, it’s not long before the anxiety creeps into bed with you. You know the scenario. You’re lying in bed thinking if I could just fall asleep right now, I’d still get a good six hours of sleep before I have to get up for work. Of course, the harder you try to force yourself to get to sleep, the more anxious you become. Before you know it the sun has risen and it’s time to get up.
If insomnia becomes a regular occurrence, read up on any sleep tips that provide advice on ways to sleep better, and also make sure to talk to your doctor. Within that conversation, your physician will likely want to rule out any physical or psychological conditions that prevent you from getting a good night’s rest. There are some things, however, that you can try on your own. It only stands to reason that an uncomfortable bed is going to make for a hard night’s rest. Invest in a good quality, ergonomically sound pillow. Can’t afford a new mattress right now? Consider trying something like an ambient comfort mattress pad. Ambient comfort mattress pads are designed to stimulate oxygen flow throughout the body, bringing comfort and vital energy to your muscles and organs.
Can lack of sleep cause anxiety? That’s why it’s important to nip that sleep problem issue in the bud before it gets out of control. It might mean making a trip to see the doctor, or investing in good quality bedding.