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What causes sleep anxiety?

Updated: May 15

Sleep anxiety can be caused by a number of factors. Sleep anxiety according to webmd.com is the fear of sleeping. Webmd.com also shares strategies on how to deal with sleep anxiety. The purpose of this blog post is to share some causes of sleep anxiety. Some of these factors could be stress, genetics-health conditions and/or you may need to get into a regular sleep routine. Sleep is essential to function at our optimal level.

For most patients stress is a major factor in causing us to have a hard time falling and/or staying asleep. Having a lot of duties and things on your plate maybe affecting your sleep. During the waking hours if you are not able to complete your to do list, make a plan of action. This will help to alleviate the feelings of guilt or regret that you did not complete all that you set out to do.

A lot of patients as well maybe dealing with some genetic-health condition which causes sleep anxiety. It is best to get a physical and referred for a sleep study if this has been an ongoing health concern. If you are predisposed to sleep anxiety because of your family genetics then a medical professional may prescribe a sleep aide.

Lastly, it is imperative to have a regular sleep routine to combat sleep anxiety. We often call it having good sleep hygiene. Making sure you go to bed around the same time every night and wake up around the same time helps your body to get into a routine. Also implementing a bedtime routine which may include taking your shower, praying or even using lavender as a natural sleep aide could help to usher you in to sleep. Using the sounds of rain or a waterfall are also great techniques to promote sleep.

If you need help in this area please reach out to our practice newcreationcounselingserv@gmail.com.


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