How to deal with sleep anxiety?

The basics: Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Don’t eat or drink any caffeine in the four to five hours before bed. Resist the urge to nap. Avoid exercise two hours before bed. Keep your bedroom cool and dark. Limit your bedroom activities to sleep and sex.

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Why do I get anxiety when trying to sleep?

There are many reasons why your anxiety may be worse at night. Daily stressors, poor sleep habits, and other health conditions can lead to increased anxiety and panic attacks at night. However, there are many treatments available that can help ease your anxiety and improve your quality of sleep.

How does sleep anxiety feel?

Nighttime (nocturnal) panic attacks can occur with no obvious trigger and awaken you from sleep. As with a daytime panic attack, you may experience sweating, rapid heart rate, trembling, shortness of breath, heavy breathing (hyperventilation), flushing or chills, and a sense of impending doom.

Can’t sleep at night?

Get out of bed and do something relaxing that might make you feel drowsy — like reading or playing a repetitive game like Sudoku. Keep the lights low and go back to bed after 30 minutes or so (or sooner if you start feeling sleepy). Avoid technology, like phones, computers, or TV.

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