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Anxiety at Night: Symptoms, Causes and Cure

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Anxiety can be defined as a feeling of uneasiness, fear, nervousness and worrying about something that is currently happening or something that might possibly happen in the future. It can be marked by physical symptoms like sweating, palpitations and feelings of stress. Everyone feels anxious or nervous from time to time and it is absolutely normal to feel so. But frequent feelings of nervousness or worry can be signs of anxiety.

Symptoms of anxiety at night

Different people experience anxiety differently. Some people feel uneasy, nervous or worry about things as soon as they wake up. But for some people, it gets worse as the night approaches. Symptoms of Anxiety at night are as follows:

·         Restlessness

·         Nervousness

·         Rapid heart rate

·         Feeling of fear or danger

·         Gastrointestinal problems like bloating, gas or diarrhoea

·         Sweating and palpitations

·         Tightness in chest or pains

·         Trouble falling asleep

·         Trouble staying asleep

Knowing the symptoms is important because it helps in diagnosing the problem further and getting the required help from experts rather than staying up at night and worrying about why you can’t sleep.

Causes of night-time anxiety

There are many causes of night-time anxiety like absence of distractions which leads you to think or simply exhaustion from the day. Causes of anxiety can differ in each individual. Some of the common causes are:

·         School, work or family stress

·         Financial matters

·         Trauma, grief or loss

·         Using psychoactive substance

·         Overactive thyroid

·         Consumption of coffee, cocaine or nicotine

·         Mental health issues like phobic disorder and mood disorder.

There are also certain habits that can give rise to or aggravate anxiety at night. These habits include:

·         Using phones, tablets, computers or watching television before bedtime

·         Non consistent routine

·         Bad eating habits

·         Consuming stimulants in the evening

How to reduce anxiety at night

Simple changes in your habits can give positive results in reducing anxiety. Following the below tips will help you reduce night-time anxiety:

·         Meditation or breathing exercises

·         Exercising

·         Healthy eating habits

·         Avoiding caffeine, wine, nicotine at night

·         Play soothing music

·         Sleep in as little light as possible

·         Do not look at the clock

·         Noting down your thoughts

These simple tips will help you in reducing your anxiety and help you calm down.Always remember that you are not alone. There are other people that suffer with the similar issue. Contact a therapist who can help you with this issue. Mental health is just as important as physical health.


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