The first victim of anxiety

Having enough good sleep is unbelievably important, no matter whether it's a question of our ability to perform, our wellbeing, or our general health. Anyone who suffers or has ever suffered from insomnia knows beyond a doubt that without enough sleep, nothing works the way it should.

No rest for our brains

The reason why many people who struggle with anxiety have sleeping problems becomes clear when we look at how the brain works. The assumption that the brain goes into sleep mode at night is incorrect. On the contrary: even during sleep, it is fully active and performing at a level comparable to its activity during waking hours. Problems, issues, and feelings which occupied us during the day are processed throughout the night in different regions of the brain.

If anxious moods, worries and spinning thoughts are present, the brain continues to run at full speed in a negative way as we (try to) rest. This has a dramatic influence on sleep, which often becomes the first victim of anxiety.  

Resolving causes instead of treating symptoms

People who are having problems sleeping usually hope for a fast solution, such as sleeping pills or tranquilizers with short-term effects. But the more intelligent approach is to resolving the reasons why the problems are occurring. After all, poor sleep is usually a symptom of a greater underlying concern. Anxious moods can be one such problem. Other factors can play a part as well, however: your diet, sleep hygiene, general state of health, and side effects of any medicines you may be taking. All of these factors affect sleep, and in many cases they can be improved, changed, or eliminated.