Thursday, 24 January 2019

Struggling to sleep? Try these quick tips to help you rest easy and eliminate anxiety

Struggling to sleep? Try these quick tips to help you rest easy and eliminate anxiety

I've always had trouble unwinding at night and it's made sleeping extremely difficult. However, it's started to get a little easier with some of these quick tips below, but before I get into that let me briefly explain how bad my sleeping pattern was and how it was starting to affect every aspect of my life.

Each night after struggling to stay awake, I would feel so relieved that I was going to get an entire eight hours sleep, but of course, anxiety would never allow such a thing, would it?

As soon as my head hit the pillow, boom I was suddenly wide awake every negative thought that I'd ever come up with would race around my mind, one after the other over and over again until it eventually gave me an anxiety attack and I had to get up, drink some water and try to calm down. I was sweating, experienced heart palpitations, felt nauseous, lightheaded and I had that general feeling of impending doom not to mention the tears streaming down my face. I would litrally only be sleeping around three to four hours a night even then I'd be waking up every hour tossing and turning and becoming concerned whenever I heard an unfamiliar noise.

The lack of sleep was beginning to affect my life I struggled to concentrate on anything, I was taking ridiculously long naps in the middle of the day, It was a massive effort to complete household chores, I was constantly sick and I was always in a foul mood. It took me a while to realize I needed to try and stop all this negativity at nighttime.

So I've found some great things that really help me and I hope they can help you too, its all about emptying your mind and being present in the moment. 

Unwinding before bed.


Struggling to sleep? Try these quick tips to help you rest easy and eliminate anxiety

Take a nice, warm, relaxing bath before bed with some of your favorite bath products like bath salts or lavender bath milk. It will instantly relax you and can help clear your mind. I usually become very thirsty in the bath and sometimes will have to get out, to prevent this take a jug of water in with you so you can unwind for longer. I do have another post on how to prepare an ultra-relaxing bath take a look here

Put that phone down. 


Struggling to sleep? Try these quick tips to help you rest easy and eliminate anxiety

This is something I still struggle with because im litrally addicted to my phone and I'm constantly using it. However, because of anxiety I usually google when I'm freaking out which creates so much unnecessary tension. So im going to attempt this as well. Therefore, let's all put down our phones an hour or so before bed, try to empty our minds and relax.

Ditch the caffeine.


Struggling to sleep? Try these quick tips to help you rest easy and eliminate anxiety

Stay away from coffee before bed because coffee is a stimulant, it can cause a pounding heart, sweating and a ringing sensation in the ears. All this would panic people with anxiety because we imagine the worst case scenarios. So try to stay away from it a few hours before bed, drink water instead or if you fancy a warm drink, try some chamomile tea this can help you sleep because its a mild sleep inducer and to be honest it is beautiful. 

Lavender oil.


Struggling to sleep? Try these quick tips to help you rest easy and eliminate anxiety

I use a lavender oil called lavender and chamomile essential oil bland. It's funny because I found this when my son was a baby, and it's from the cheeky wipes website. But I'm telling you it smells amazing and inhaling this stuff immediately relaxes me, and I feel all happy inside. Once I'm in bed, I'll put a few drops on my hand or my pillow and take long deep breaths. If you wish to purchase this then click here

Listen to some relaxing music or sounds. 


Struggling to sleep? Try these quick tips to help you rest easy and eliminate anxiety

I recently wrote a post on this, my cousin recommended listening to some nature sounds on youtube and I found some great ones. Because Im not using my phone at bedtime I'll use an iPad just for this and nothing else. When I hear these sounds, I can envision actually being there and its so soothing. To find out which ones are my personal favorites then take a look at this post here

Deep breathing. 


Struggling to sleep? Try these quick tips to help you rest easy and eliminate anxiety

As Im listening to those amazing sounds I like to try some deep breathing, I lie flat and take long deep breaths. I shut my eyes, breath in through my nose for 5 seconds then hold my breath for 6 seconds, then slowly breath out my mouth for another 7 seconds. By doing this and listening to those sounds, I normally can feel so relaxed and find it much easier to sleep. 

By using these tips above you should hopefully be able to enjoy a decent nights sleep. Remember anxiety only has power when you let it when it strikes pay absolutely no attention to it whatsoever, focus on something else entirely, that's much easier said then done I know, my anxiety is awful I can get so worked up over nothing and blow everything out of giant proportions. However, with these tips above you can start to feel a little better and get some much-needed rest. They've certainly helped me and I hope they can help you too.

Do you have any more tips to sleep?  










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