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does anyone here lose sleep over their anxiety?

posted by Anonymous on 02 August, 2018

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the title says it all. i always have trouble getting to sleep and i toss and turn for hours sometimes and then wake up in the middle of the night anyway. im so tired all the time its really hard.




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👍2 💡13 Big Boy Ben ● 03 August, 2018 ⚓︎


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i used to have real issues with anxiety induced insomnia. what ended up helping me was actually what helped me cope in the first place: developing meaningful, healthy habits. what worked more than anything was working out every day. but really how it started was stretching every morning and every night. that way, no matter what, i would have something to do even for a few minutes a day that i knew would impact me positively. i began meditating 10 minutes before bed as well and that would really do wonders for me as, although you aren't supposed to drift off while meditating, the same techniques used to meditate could be employed while laying in bed for maximum relaxation. once i developed the willpower to keep up these smaller habits, i started a consistent workout routine and that more than anything has kept me going through bouts of depression and flares of anxiety. i don't know what will work for you, but i can guarantee that creating these daily traditions is really beneficial in the long run. i personally use the "habits" app for android, but any streak tracking app could assist you in committing. good luck with the issue, it certainly can't last forever if you put your mind to solving it.

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💡1 Mysterious Purple Orchid ● 08 August, 2018 ⚓︎


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i used to have insomnia induced by anxiety but what helped me most to cope up with it and sleep was try not to overthink, read or watch something relaxing like comedy before sleeping and fix a time for sleeping and getting up.

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Anonymous ● 03 August, 2018 ⚓︎


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1. wake up at the same time each day 2. eliminate alcohol and stimulants like nicotine and caffeine 3. limit naps 4. exercise regularly 5. limit activities in bed. 6. do not eat or drink right before going to bed 7. make your sleeping environment comfortable

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Anonymous ● 03 August, 2018 ⚓︎


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melatonin does wonders. just don't take it every day.

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Anonymous ● 12 August, 2018 ⚓︎


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i have a lot of anxiety at night, i've found listening to asmr videos on youtube really helps my mind settle down. i can concentrate more on the nice sounds than that one time in high school i pronouned "thresome" as "threesome" in front of my entire latin 1 class.

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Anonymous ● 12 August, 2018 ⚓︎


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oh my god i looooooove asmr. you are so right. the long pauses are so nice

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Anonymous ● 13 August, 2018 ⚓︎


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asmr has been such a life saver, it seems to help me concentrate with studying too. i have a friend who will play their favorite videos to help them recover during panic attacks. i like the hand movement ones and tapping ones the most!

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Somewhat Wiry Eggplant ● 07 September, 2018 ⚓︎


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i know that this might sound a little weird at first, but what actually might help is hypnosis or - more likely - self hypnosis. that actually helped me with multiple problems and there are many that help you to calm down and help you fall asleep.

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👍1 💡2 Tiny Red Bison ● 25 February, 2019 ⚓︎


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oh heck yes i know what you are talking about. something that i didnt read in the comments that i find helpful is if you havent slept in 20 minutes get out of the bed and go do something else till you feel tired again. avoid things that are going to stimulate your mind, especially in the bed. what i find helpful is drinking a nice caffeine free tea and writing down my thoughts, writing what i feel upset about, what my mind is continuously going back to in thoughts and kind of giving a solution to what i want to do about it. most times this works for me. like someone else has said, listening to asmr is nice. recently ive been watching a lot of pimple/blackhead popping and thats been very satisfying to watch :) lol other times ive gone through spells of anxiety robbing my sleep . episodes of me crying and then laughing how ridiculous it is to be crying as i'm crying during the time i'm a hostage to an anxiety attack. it can come in waves that i can't control with a hot tea and a healthy lifestyle. and coming to terms with that and getting the medicine needed to help cope is what i would recommend if you are also feeling the anxiety as strongly as that. best to you

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Anonymous ● 02 August, 2018 ⚓︎


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getting off my phone an hour before i went to bed saved my life. its really hard the first few days but after that the bed becomes a place to sleep and nothing else and when i climb in i get knocked right out. feels great!

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Anonymous ● 02 August, 2018 ⚓︎


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one thing to keep in mind for people with anxiety is losing sleep isn't going to kill you. you'll feel a bit more tired sure, but don't start catastrophizing the problem. it's only sleep and you'll get it back.

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Anonymous ● 18 November, 2018 ⚓︎


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yes, i have this problem a lot. i don't know if i have anxiety, but i wake up a lot and often freak out about the littlest things, when i get nervous i start rubbing my hands together cant stop. i can't go to bed before 10:00 pm or i will wake up and cant fall back asleep. i wake up a lot at 4:00 and 2:00 am, this happens at least once a week. your not alone, and im glad to see this post because i thought i was the only one :-)

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Anonymous ● 11 February, 2019 ⚓︎


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look on youtube there is anxiety soothing videos turn them on with volume low it helps

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Anonymous ● 10 March, 2019 ⚓︎


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yes everyday i struggle to sleep and that makes me more sick.

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Anonymous ● 25 March, 2019 ⚓︎


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it gets better little by little. stay strong.