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Nighttime anxiety can disrupt sleep and intensify worries. This article explores the causes, symptoms, and impact of anxiety, emphasising the importance of self-care and seeking professional support for managing anxiety effectively.

Have you found yourself trying to get a good night’s sleep but instead you end up tossing and turning, unable to calm your racing thoughts. You are not alone – many people experience increased anxiety during the hours of the night. There are several reasons why this happens, but first, let’s take a look at anxiety in general.

Understanding The Impact

Have you found yourself trying to get a good night’s sleep but instead you end up tossing and turning, unable to calm your racing thoughts. You are not alone – many people experience increased anxiety during the hours of the night. There are several reasons why this happens, but first, let’s take a look at anxiety in general.

What are the causes of anxiety?

Some of the most common triggers include:

  • Stress: Stressful events in our lives like work pressure, relationship issues or financial worries, can contribute to feelings of anxiety.
  • Trauma: Those who have experienced traumatic events, such as accidents or abuse, may be more prone to anxiety.
  • Genetics: Anxiety disorders can run in families. If you have a close family member who struggles with anxiety, you may be more likely to develop it yourself.
  • Underlying medical conditions: Certain medical conditions like thyroid disorders or heart problems may cause you to experience anxiety-like symptoms even though the underlying cause is not related to anxiety itself.

 

What are the symptoms of nighttime anxiety?

Anxiety can show itself in different ways and affect us both physically and emotionally. Common physical symptoms include a racing heart, shortness of breath, sweaty palms, trembling, and tightness in the chest. Emotionally, anxiety can cause feelings of restlessness, irritability, fear, and a continual sense of unease. People with anxiety may also struggle to sleep, have difficulty concentrating, or keep imagining the worst that can happen in different situations.

Why does anxiety increase at night?

Nighttime can be particularly difficult for people who tend to feel anxious. When the day ends and things are quiet, we can find ourselves thinking more about our worries and making them feel bigger than they are. This happens because there aren’t as many distractions as there are during the day.

Exhaustion can also increase the symptoms of anxiety. After a long day, both our body and our mind want rest, but anxiety can make it difficult to achieve the peaceful state of mind we need. The racing thoughts and physical symptoms associated with anxiety can interfere with our ability to relax and fall asleep, leading to an ongoing cycle of anxiety and sleeplessness.

What impact does nighttime anxiety have on mental health?

If anxiety is not addressed, it can have a serious impact on our mental health. Constant worry and fear can drain our energy, leaving us feeling emotionally exhausted. Anxiety can interfere with daily activities, work performance, and relationships, causing distress and isolation. Moreover, chronic anxiety is often linked to the development or worsening of other mental health conditions, such as depression.

Lifestyle changes and coping strategies, such as regular exercise, stress reduction techniques like meditation, breathing exercises, and enough sleep, can help you manage your anxiety and achieve a calmer state of mind. You may also need professional support, so do not hesitate to speak to your health care practitioner to prevent anxiety impacting on your life.