A sound sleep is essential for each human being. However, people who are anxious may have difficulties with sleeping and either fail to fall asleep or wake up repeatedly during night. Anxiety sleep disorder is a common disorder of today's world. Since the person fails to sleep sufficient hours and this lasts for a longer period of time the problem becomes even more serious because it leads to additional problems such as nervousness and irritability.
What are Causes of Anxiety Sleep Disorder?
The leading cause of sleep anxiety disorder is stress. Today people are exposed to a huge amount of stress. The stress interferes in every aspect of one's life including sleep. People who are under too much stress cannot relax at night and commonly have a problem to fall asleep and to avoid awakening during night. In such people the body is tired and craves for rest but the mind is unstable and does not allow the rest of the body to relax. The person needs more time to fall asleep and he/she may even try taking some medication in order to get suitable amount of sleep.
Presentation of Sleep Anxiety Problems
People suffering from sleep anxiety have all the symptoms that are characteristic for panic attacks. They undergo the periods of intensive fear and apprehension. The heart is beating rapidly, the body is trembling, there is an excessive sweating, shortness of breath, nausea etc. The person also has difficulties to fall asleep, he/ she wakes up several times during night and once he/ she has woken up there may be a huge problem to fall asleep again. Such people may wake up with the sensation of dread fear which makes the situation only worse.
Treatment for Sleep Anxiety Disorders
Even though medications can be highly effective against sleep anxiety disorder they only represent a temporary solution. It is essential to face the root problem and try to deal with it. Only this way a person may return to normal sleeping patterns and have plenty of sleep.
Proper coping with everyday stress is also important for one to eliminate symptoms an signs of sleep anxiety disorder. Proper dealing with stress can be in a form of relaxation (yoga, meditation, numerous relaxation techniques etc.) or embracing some physical activities and sports that may help with elimination of the accumulated stress.
People suffering from sleep anxiety disorders must also pay attention to caffeine intake and stay away from the substance in the evening. Caffeine and other stimulants may only make the problem worse and increase the anxiety prior going to bed. And finally, in severe cases of sleep anxiety disorder a person should search for a professional help.