posted by Anonymous on 12 June, 2020
hi all, since childhood ive always joked that i was an insomniac as many nights i found my mind very active and not sleeping til 4am when i sart hearing the birds. but since 18 when anxiety became a problem and ive been trying to do a degree and work placements , these sleepless nights are causing me to be so tired and depressed. ive never been able keep a concrete 'normal' sleep pattern. my mind wants to wander at night and i keep going bingeating now. i get so sleepy, moody and tired in the day. has anyone got any concrete tips on what has helped them create a consisent good nights sleep? thanks
hi there! from what you described, maybe you are a "night owl". night owls are people who usually stay up late, because their mind is more active during the night and they feel more energetic before going to sleep. as a night owl myself, i tend to study or work during the night, so i can benefit from my energy peak. unfortunately, our societies are designed for early birds, the exact opposite of night owls (i mean, the early bird catches the worm, right?). that means we have to adapt ourselves to a sleep pattern we find rather unsuitable. when mixing that predisposition of yours and your anxiety, you start to develop some sleeping issues. however, there are some mechanisms you can use to battle that. as tranquil rainbow daffodil said, a sound conditioner is one of them. another example is creating a sleep routine, like going to bed every day at the same time. similarly, avoiding things like using electronic devices after laying down, engaging in stimulant activities when you're in bed, eating too much before going to sleep, etc., is also a great mechanism employing meditation and mindfulness techniques can also be helpful. last, but not least, always consider seeking medical treatment. explain your problems to a doctor and see what they recommend you. hope everything works out!