The Number One Cause of Insomnia: Anxiety and How to Deal With It

Your everyday life can be significantly impacted by insomnia. Whether you have a difficult time actually falling to sleep or if you find it almost impossible to stay asleep, your overall health, work productivity and relationships can be adversely affected. It is important that if you are struggling with insomnia, you consult your primary care provider as he or she can help you to determine the kind of insomnia you are struggling with.

Primary insomnia is when your insomnia is not a symptom of another underlying condition. Insomnia can either be acute or chronic. When it is acute insomnia, it will not last as long, perhaps a few days or at most a few weeks, however when it comes to chronic insomnia, it is more of a long term condition.

Secondary insomnia is insomnia which stems from an underlying condition and is the most common kind of insomnia. With secondary insomnia it too can be either acute or chronic. There are quite a few causes as well as risk factors involved with secondary insomnia and the number one cause is anxiety.

If you are worrying, stressing or anxious, your mind will remain active at night. It could be for any reason, issues at school, feeling overworked, problems with your family, whatever it is that’s making you anxious can make it difficult if not completely impossible to be able to fall asleep and/or remain asleep.

If you have experienced a more traumatic event such as the death of a loved one, friend or relative, a divorce or even the loss of a job then long-lasting stress and anxiety could ensue. These types of conditions are the main cause of chronic insomnia and can cause other physical and emotional problems as well.

When dealing with insomnia, often times it may make you feel as if it is something that you are unable to control. Now of course there will be times in which you will simply not be able to sleep — if you are feeling sick, are uncomfortable, etc. and these reasons may not necessarily be related to anxiety. That being said, with the right strategies it is possible to reduce your stress and anxiety throughout the day so that you are also able to experience relief at night.

Here couple of the simplest, most effective natural strategies that you can immediately begin implementing in order to curb your anxiety related insomnia and be able to sleep better at night:

1. Exercise

When you exercise regularly, not only will you be in better shape which helps you better deal with anxiety, but it also releases endorphins in the brain that are basically happy chemicals and can help your brain to balance out any anxious or sad chemicals it may be used to producing. Just make sure you do not exercise to close to bedtime as that in itself will give you energy and keep you awake.

2. Lighter Dinners

It is best to have your more substantial meal in the middle of the day and lighter meals at night, this way your body does not have to work hard at digesting food. It is also a great way to avoid gaining weight and to stay physically fit.

As mentioned above it is important to consult your primary care provider as he or she will not only be able to help you determine what kind of insomnia you are dealing with, but can also help you find the best strategies for dealing with your day to day stress and find a solution for your insomnia.