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Sleep anxiety: what is it & effective treatments

Updated: Jun 29, 2022

What is sleep anxiety? Sleep anxiety is categorized as panic attacks that occur when you are sleeping with no obvious trigger and awaken you from sleep. It also includes fear of the act of falling asleep often leading to insomnia and other sleep disorders. Sleep anxiety often displays the same symptoms as day time anxiety/panic attacks such sweating, rapid heart rate, trembling, shortness of breath, heavy breathing (hyperventilation), flushing or chills, and a sense of impending doom.

Since the onset of covid and lockdowns, it has been suggested that the increase of sedentary activates and the change in daily activates has contributed to an increase in anxiety and sleep disruption.

What can you do to help improve the quality of your sleep and reduce nocturnal anxiety?

Some of the best solutions are often simple in nature. Historically, research shows that an increase in physical activity has a direct correlation to a reduction in anxious feelings. Additionally, sleep hygiene plays an important role. Sleep hygiene allows the brain to begin the process of winding down and understanding that the body will begin sleep. If you're interested in more information, check out the links below!

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