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ANXIETY & SLEEP

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 Often people who are challenged with insomnia will come into the telephone consultation presenting as angry, frustrated and belligerent.  It is often that case that people suffering from insomnia will deny that they may have a moderate level of anxiety and/or depression and/or unresolved  issues and/or poor health habits. However, I have come to believe strongly that we sleep how we live.

The uneasy thoughts of the day follow people into bed.

Staying awake and reviewing the day, worrying about decisions made, actions taken, or worse yet, failing to make decisions can keep the fatigued individual up for hours, thrashing about. The subconscious mind builds a patterned response.

There may be a general sense of unease as the mind continues to circle and fixate on the lack of sleep. Naturally the tired upset  individual becomes more agitated  as fatigue sets in and the frustrating cycle continues. 

The inability to unwind and move into the relaxation response and into a restorative sleep is sometimes created by an acute event or transition. However, for the anxious person, the pattern becomes ingrained long after the event or transition has passed. Long term sleep issues become the norm rather then the exception.

We tend to sleep how we live.

We need to be clear that there is a tie between a lack of solid sleep and weight gain, immunity decline and mood disorders. When we make time to activate physical relaxation throughout the day and to train our minds to move into a calm state, quickly and on cue, we are in a much better position to sleep well. 

If physical symptoms are not keeping us awake at night then the clear course of action is to look at sleepless nights from a mindset perspective. With tools, strategies and practice we can train our mind and body to reap the benefits that come with a good nights sleep. Without adequate restoration we will naturally be challenged to move into our original potential which in turn, creates more anxiety.

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