Authored by William G. DeFoore, Ph.D.
Anxiety at night is a real pain. It interferes with sleep, and is totally uncomfortable. The good news is, medication is not the answer (long-term), and you have the answers right there with you.
Your anxiety is there for a reason, and you're going to find out what it is, which is the first step to solving your problem.
Nobody ever decides to be anxious. It is always a subconscious process, and the best doorway to the subcoscious mind is through imagery and affirmations with your inner child.
It is totally natural for children to be scared. They are vulnerable beings in an uncertain world, and so fears are going to show up in even the best of childhoods.
You may not remember any trauma from your childhood, or you might remember a lot. Either way, some of the memories, or at least the emotions, are buried in your subconscious mind...buried, but not gone.
Of course, a lot of people have anxiety during the day, in a wide variety of situations. But our focus here is specifically on anxiety that occurs at night, when you're trying to go to sleep, or in the middle of the night when you'd really rather be sleeping.
Some people, and this may include you, only experience anxiety around bedtime, or it wakes them up and makes it hard to go back to sleep.
Let's look at some reasons this happens:
So as you can see, it's not really that surprising that a lot of folks end up feeling anxious when they're trying to sleep.
Now you know something about why it happens, so let's figure out what you can do about it so that you can get that deep, restful sleep you want.
That's the real question. Hopefully, the above information helps you relax a little, knowing that it's pretty normal to have a lot of mental (and sometimes emotional) activity at night, especially during sleep.
Speaking of relaxation, that is what you're going for. You can't be relaxed and anxious at the same time, so you might say that relaxation is the antidote to anxiety. So, anything that helps you relax (without harming you) is good for helping you sleep anxiety-free.
Here are some other approaches to consider:
You can definitely do this. Even though you may not realize it, you had a hand in creating your anxiety in the first place, which means it's potentially under your control now.
Interested in some natural remedies for anxiety at night? This resource will guide you in finding what's right for you.