Sleep Anxiety

Consequences of sleep anxiety

by The Sleeps Well Team on

in Sleep Anxiety

1. Losing sleep over sleep anxiety
Realised that you may have sleep anxiety? No time to seek help, or even think that you may not need to seek help at all? Well, read on. The possible effects of sleep anxiety disorder may change your mind and convince you to take some time off to consult someone and seek treatment for this disorder.

2. Feeling a little unwell
First and foremost, the symptoms of sleep anxiety may appear to mirror some symptoms of illness. For instance, breathing may feel constricted and you may feel weak as your chest races really hard and fast while you are sleeping. This can be put down to the extra adrenaline that pumps through your body which triggers such a form of sleep anxiety.

Other than that, other, more disturbing, side-effects can be experienced such as hallucinations that vary on your state.

3. Psychological and emotional distress
There are cases where sleep anxiety causes one to feel a sense of detachment from oneself. This is when one doesn’t feel like his or herself, and in some cases, detached from their physical being, in what can appear like a surreal experience, watching their own life go by.

This side-effect of sleep anxiety can last for varying durations, be it seconds, minutes or even hours and can be very confusing and distressing to a person when it happens.

4. Tensed up
Sometimes, sleep anxiety sufferers may not even realise some things that they are doing. Like, perhaps, clenching their teeth and tensing their muscles. On the other hand, some people suffering from sleep anxiety may feel a sense of lethargy or sudden weakness in the muscles, feeling like they are about to collapse.

The fluctuations in blood pressure experiences due to sleep anxiety may also lead to sudden dizziness and light-headedness. It is also not unusual for people to feel feverish and hot and start sweating while experiencing sleep anxiety related symptoms and effects.

Not enough?
Think that there is still not enough reason to seek treatment for sleep anxiety? The effects of sleep anxiety may trigger varied responses in some people, including insomnia, being unable to focus and even depression.

Other side-effects that may occur include eating less or eating more than usual. This may potentially induce eating disorders if not monitored well.

The effects of sleep anxiety may also lead to further stress and tension faced by the people that are experiencing this disorder. This may lead to further extension and worsening of the sleep anxiety faced, and can be cyclical and very disruptive to a person’s lifestyle.

Giving in and seeking help
The good news is, sleep anxiety sufferers do not have to go through all these effects alone. Help will always be out there. Do not hesitate to consult a doctor for treatment as there are medications available to treat sleep anxiety such as Prozac, Valium and Clonazepam. Do seek help and do not let sleep anxiety rule your life.

Causes of Sleep Anxiety

by The Sleeps Well Team on

in Sleep Anxiety

Suffers Sleep Anxiety?

Having trouble sleeping? Lack of sleep interfering with your physical, mental or emotional health? Well, you may be suffering from sleeping anxiety. There are various causes of sleep anxiety disorder, including some that may be more common than you think.

Assess your risk by checking out the various causes of this disorder below.

  • BODY PROCESSES


Sometimes sleep anxiety may be caused by causes that are inherent within your body that you may not be aware are happening.

For instance, imbalance in neurotransmitters, which regulate your emotions and thoughts, may cause a chemical imbalance to be present in the brain. This imbalance can also be due to genetics. If a chemical imbalance is present in the brain, severe sleep anxiety, and even depression could be triggered.

IMPORTANT: It is highly important to consult a doctor if you are experiencing high levels of sleep anxiety, as this cause needs medical attention to relieve sleep anxiety completely.

Sleep anxiety can also be caused by natural body processes such as the fight (defense) or flight (escape) mechanism. The part of the brain that triggers mechanism, the amygdale, remembers situations that trigger this response in attempt to protect the person from future danger. But since it records certain triggers (exam, interview, etc) it can cause the fight or flight mechanism to be triggered in instances where it’s not really needed. When this mechanism is triggered, it may cause an inability to sleep, thus triggering sleep anxiety.

There are some treatments, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, that attempts to re-train the brain to not react in this way to situations that aren’t life-threatening or harmful.

The risk of having sleep anxiety disorder may even be encoded in one’s genetic code. Although there is still more research to be done on this cause, there has been observations that suggest a link between genetics and sleep anxiety disorders. Studies have revealed that if one’s family members has a history of sleep anxiety disorders, the person is more likely to develop this disorder at any point in their life.

  • STRESS AND TRAUMA

Even though sleep anxiety is a natural, and common, response to stress, but there are cases when sleep anxiety rules a person’s everyday life. In that case, when sleep anxiety disorders occur, one’s daily routines can be heavily disrupted.

Stress can cause sleep disorder normally. However, because of this, prolonged exposure to stress can trigger sleep anxiety disorder. This could also be caused by sudden and unexpected changes in one’s life, which could also potentially cause panic attacks. One example of this would be job loss. The loss of a job may cause one to worry excessively about money, expenditure and so on. This worry can be stressful and under prolonged exposure to this stress, sleep anxiety disorder may develop.

Trauma may lead to sleep anxiety disorder in both the young and young-at-heart. Trauma refers to any incidents that may have a lasting impression on a person, which may include accidents, illnesses or the loss of a loved one. Trauma could also be experienced by children who are raised in a very stressful and abusive environment. These experiences that these particular children face can trigger sleep anxiety at any point in their lives.

  • CHARACTER QUIRKS

This may be surprising to some but, some people possess certain personality traits that make them more prone to sleep anxiety. Some of these traits include: low self esteem, emotional sensitivity, criticality, irritability, obsessive thinking.

Lack of confidence is also often linked to sleep anxiety. This is not only because a lack of confidence may lead to stress when it comes to events and activities, but also because children who experienced sleep anxiety when younger tend to experience low self-esteem later on in their lives.

Sleep anxiety disorder is potentially disruptive to one’s life. It may also be an indicator of underlying issues and may potentially lead to insomnia. As such, it is highly advised that you seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as apnea, sleep walking, poor sleep patterns and tiredness after waking up for a certain amount of time.