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Sleeping with Anxiety and Depression

Updated on October 16, 2018
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Only someone who experienced anxiety can truly understand the agony.

Suffering from insomnia is very difficult as it takes over your normal sleeping habits. Without proper sleep one can suffer from a lot of underlying condition which has negative effects on one’s life. But if your insomnia is caused by anxiety or depression, sleeping sometimes becomes impossible. This makes your condition a lot harder. Think about being tired for day and all you want is to sleep but there are things in your mind that keeps on bugging you repeatedly. This will keep you awake throughout the night.

What most people don’t understand is that sleeping with anxiety or depression can be very tragic. This disorder will keep you worrying about everything even the small stuff. Often it is triggered by a change from your normal day to day schedule or activities. Take for instance if you miss something in the office or maybe your son or daughter gets sick. This can escalate quite quickly as your mind will rush to the worst case scenario which causes you to panic. That’s the sad reality.

If your mind is this busy, sleeping can directly go out of the window. You can keep on lying in bed but your mind would still be elsewhere making your brain very much active draining the energy from your body. This is where it becomes really bad. Drained with all the energy but you still cannot sleep because there are things that bother your thoughts keeping you awake for hours. If ever you will have that needed sleep you’ll often find yourself waking up in the middle of the night. And when that happens, sleeping again becomes a problem. And this cycle can go on leaving you drained for days.

Entertain Calm Thoughts, Enjoy Nature

Enjoy a Conversation

If you from suffer anxiety, talking to someone does a lot of help. Those simple everyday conversations can take your thoughts away from the things that bug you. This helps your mind in letting out some steam which gives your mind an opportunity to relax even for just a bit. The sensation of a relaxed mind is important as it reminds your brain to look elsewhere not just over your pity situation.

Being anxious to small stuff is very difficult. Simply put, you can never have a peace of mind which is very problematic even for someone who does not suffer from anxiety or depression. So to give your mind some free time, try to talk to someone. This someone can be a friend, your spouse or even your parents. But choose someone who you can confide with. This is important as you can pour all your thoughts in that person without you hesitating. Also, if you have problems don’t solve it by yourself. Remember that there are people that surround you, family or friends, which can help you move on.

Thinking straight can be far-etched if you have anxiety disorder but having someone to confide with gives your thoughts some leeway. Never underestimate the power of conversation. It may not be a big deal under normal circumstances but if you’re suffering from anxiety or depression, a small talk can make or break your day. Sharing what you think may not help solve your anxiety disorder directly but it will help your mind to be calm and think rationally rather than proceeding to panic mode altogether.

A calm mind will result to cleaner thoughts. Remember that your thoughts dictate how well the next hours will be. It helps that before you go to bed, you make sure not to entertain any negative news. You can do this by staying away from TV or the internet. Anxiety and depression can be triggered when you see things that are similar from what you might have experienced from the past. These things will creep in your mind playing over and over. This can be very disturbing for someone suffering from these disorders. It will keep awake in those wee hours. Or it will wake you up in the middle of the night and then sleeping becomes problematic.

Final Thoughts

Moreover, for family members or friends of these people, please be patient. These folks do not really enjoy their situation. In fact, if they can do it in a flash they will throw all these worries away. As these disorders affect the mind, treating it can be quite tricky. Take note that when they you approach trying to talk about anything try to listen as they may be trying to relieve their thoughts of the negativeness. And when panic attacks, be there and understand their situation. These people will develop more confidence if they know they have someone at their side even though you know deep within, you can’t do anything. Just be calm, be there, listen and stay by their side.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 LowellSansolis


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    • ljes16 profile imageAUTHOR


      17 months ago from Philippines

      Hi Denise,

      Yes, music does wonders as well. It as though separates all the negative thoughts in one place and keep it there giving you an opportunity for a better sleep.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      17 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      For me, sleep is critical. Lack of sleep escalates both my anxiety and my depression. I like to read in the evenings. It helps me think about something besides work or family issues. I have also found that listening to relaxing music after crawling into bed helps my mind focus on something other than my worries. As I listen to the music, my body relaxes and I drift off to a peaceful sleep.


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