As I’ve discussed previously about sleep therapy and hypnotherapy for insomnia, sleep is so important and when we have less sleep than we should be getting, it starts to impact our bodies negatively, leading to serious health complications like strokes and heart attacks etc.
But what do you do if you struggle to sleep due to other worries like suffering from panic attacks and anxiety? This is a catch 22 situation because research shows that lack of sleep increases your anxiety throughout the day. When a person doesn’t get a full night’s restful sleep, their body wakes up with their nervous system on high alert, but for someone with anxiety or panic disorder, this means their symptoms will be heightened even more than usual. It is a real vicious cycle and if this resonates with you, I want you to know it doesn’t always have to be like this.
Today I want to discuss how panic attacks and anxiety impact sleep, and then I will share my most successful tips on how to sleep better and manage your anxiety at night.
As a life coach I have worked with countless individuals who suffer from some form of panic disorder and anxiety, and one of the most common themes that come up is not being able to control the thoughts that race through their minds all day and night. These uncontrollable thoughts make it so much harder to feel peaceful at night and close off from the rest of the world.
For some, the panic doesn’t just stop when they go to bed. In fact, there are people around the world that suffer from nocturnal panic attacks, which means they feel the same symptoms of panic attacks but when they are asleep. It can be so scary to wake up whilst experiencing chest pains, heart palpitations, sweating profusely and shaking, that it makes it so much harder to fall back to sleep again. Continuing the cycle of anxiety and poor sleep.
There are also instances where people have experienced something traumatic and when they are trying to sleep, their subconscious mind brings the trauma to the forefront, resulting in nightmares and night terrors. Both of which can be so scary as, just like nocturnal panic attacks, you may experience physical symptoms like sweating, heart palpitations but in the case of night terrors, you may find yourself waking up screaming or crying.
If you suffer from panic disorders, nocturnal panic attacks, anxiety or night terrors, here are some of my most successful tips that will help you restore some peace and calm in your mind, to hopefully have a more restful sleep at night.
Whatever path you choose to take to heal from the past, manage your sleep and reduce the impact of panic attacks and anxiety on your well-being.
Create a good support system around you as it is so important to feel loved and appreciated at this time if in need of sleep therapy.