The triggers for insomnia are countless and can range from medical health conditions to emotional stress. Chronic insomnia affects more people who have an existing mental disorder. Anxiety sufferers who experience constant thoughts of worry and apprehension are likely to experience sleep troubles.
They might experience restlessness, anxious and worrying thoughts and feel tense and unable to relax. During the night, panic symptoms such as palpitations, chest pain, hot flashes and sweats can make sleep difficult. Moreover ten percent of people with anxiety disorders experience panic attacks during sleep.
They can come out of the blue and be extremely terrifying. Most sufferers will agree that night panic attacks are more disturbing than daytime attacks. Panic attacks at night are highly disorientating and startling for the sufferer. Attacks can feel like heart attacks and feel like near death experiences.
Panic symptoms can be highly intensive and traumatic. Attacks can last for a few minutes or more but the memory of the attack stays with the sufferer. Sufferers start to fear sleep because of panic symptoms and attacks.
Unable to sleep properly their daytime mood and energy decreases. They begin to have worrying and anxious thoughts about sleep before bedtime. This only feeds the cycle of fear and anxiety and makes their sleep and anxiety disorder worse. Unfortunately the cause of nighttime panic attacks is still unknown.
Studies have shown that the cause of attacks are not related to nightmares. A person's lifestyle can have a negative and positive effect on anxiety symptoms. The accumulation of stress in the day can cause unwanted tension and increase feelings of anxiety.
Readying yourself mentally and physically for bed can reduce panic symptoms. Make yourself relaxed by meditating or having a warm bath. Reading a magazine or watching a comedy show can help ease tension. Steer clear of alcoholic and caffeinated drinks.
Some people dread bedtime and going to the bedroom so make your bedroom comfortable and inviting. Relaxing music can help your mind drift. What's important is not to worry if panic attacks occur during sleep. Bear in mind that panic symptoms are only sensations and they will eventually disappear.