How Anxiety Messes With Your Sleep
Do you ever wake up in the middle of the nightand wonder if you don't have a similarly sleepless friend that might be up for a gameof Boggleé I know I do. Hey guys, a sort of tired Amy here with youon DNews today. If you've ever woken up in the middle ofthe night and been unable to fall back asleep because your mind is racing with all the thingsyou've got on your to do list you're certainly not alone. The middle of the night sleeplesspanic cycle is one some of us know all too well, but why do we wake up in the first placeand suddenly go into panic modeé Panic attacks aren't simply moments of anxiety,thinking about that deadline that's coming
up a little faster than you'd like. Feelingshaky, short of breath, or dizzy can be a sign that you're having a panic attack.But there are also physiological effects to panic attacks, including an increased heartrate and vascular reactions that can lead to a tingly sensation. Panic attacks can come on completely withoutwarning. You can be watching TV and be hit with an array of symptoms including increasedheart rate, shortness of breath, and an acute fear of dying completely without warning. Our subconscious mind is a big part of theproblem. After experiencing something traumatic
that led you to panic, your subconscious mindcan mimic that pattern and send you into panic mode once you're removed from the situation.And because panic attacks can be brought on at the subconscious level, you don't haveto be awake to experience one. Panic attacks can hit when you're asleep,sometimes sparked by dreams or nightmares that call back to the same subconscious patternsthat bring panic attacks on for no reason while you're watching TV. The psychologicaland physiological reactions rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, dizziness, andsweating can combine to wake you up and persist for minutes. This can start a cycleof insomnia: you worry about what will happen
if you lose sleep, but can't sleep, so youworry more. Being isolated in a dark, quiet room (i.e. your bedroom at night) doesn'thelp alleviate the sudden stress of waking up in a panic. Dealing with panic attacks isn't easy, butthere are some tips and tricks to breaking the midnight insomnia cycle. Experts say thatgetting out of bed, out of your bedroom, and doing something to dispel negative thoughtsuntil you're really tired enough to fall asleep is best. Do you guys have any tricks for dealing withthose late night bouts of sleeplessnessé
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