Do you jolt awake in the middle of the night and wonder what just happened?
Well, it’s probably an anxiety attack that rattles through your sleeping body every now and then. The sensation is not a pleasant one. It takes a few moments for you to collect your thoughts and evaluate the situation. During those seconds, your mind races, your heart pounds and you feel hot and heavy.
One of the first things you might think is that you are experiencing a true health issue, a heart attack perhaps.
When these events happened to me in the past, I truly did think it was some sort of health breakdown. After a brief review, I realized that whatever was wrong didn’t require an ambulance and I was able to go back to uneventful sleep.
The day I woke up to find myself talking and trying to climb up the wall, I realized that stress had taken over my life and my dreams (it truly was my full time profession). I knew it was directly associated with the serious issues I had to deal with at that time. Little did I know that it was just the beginning. It wasn’t long before they became full-blown anxiety and panic attacks that usually turned into a continuous panic cycle. It controlled the way I lived my life for the next six years.
If you have recurring nightmares, it might be an indication that you are also experiencing anxiety. To understand the relationship between anxiety and sleep disruptions, we need to take a look at anxiety itself.
What is anxiety? What causes it?
Anxiety is a state of nervousness or agitation, especially prevalent when we are under extreme stress or are facing a difficult situation in our lives that must be resolved. The more severe or imperative the issue, the more likely it is that we will have some sort of anxiety. It can be mild and cause us to feel tense and edgy, or it can be more dominant and interfere significantly with our lives. When anxiety wakes us at night, it’s a clear indication that the issue is having a serious effect on us.
Nervousness might be more than just a response to an immediate stressful situation. Researchers have discovered that nervousness is part of the cause of anxiety disorders. They also suggest that these traits run in families, predisposing us to having anxiety as a regular part of our lives. It’s the degree of anxiety that determines what steps you must take to minimize or eliminate the anxiety.
Some Anxiety Is Good?
A certain degree of anxiety actually is a good thing. Without it, we might not recognize the true seriousness of a given situation, especially ones that could jeopardize our future. This type of anxiety is natural and expected. We wonder whether the new issue can be resolved, how badly it can harm us, and how we must proceed to prevent a disaster.
In many cases, we are able to quickly go beyond the initial anxiety trigger and immediately jump into preservation mode, rather than the fright/flight options that anxiety presents. When we calm down, we can work through the situation rationally, come up with a viable solution or two, and resolve the issue without further distress.
This is not always the case, however. For those of us who are naturally nervous and experience high levels of anxiety, breaking out of the fright/flight response can be more difficult. In such cases, it’s important to identify any early signs that our anxiety and nervousness are out of control.
If nightmares disturb your sleep, if you wake suddenly in the night, or if you tend to sleepwalk, these are important signs. Other symptoms can include restless legs, insomnia or sleep interference. Researchers have determined that people who experience an interruption in their sleep pattern are likely to see a dramatic increase in this disturbance later on. They also suggest that there is a high correlation between insomnia and anxiety.
This doesn’t mean there is no hope for people experiencing sleep disturbances and anxiety. Since anxiety can be directly attributed to the loss of sleep and interruptions during the night, remedying the anxiety likely will kill two birds with one stone.
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