Knowing when and where to find counselling in Kent when battling anxiety is important. While anxiety and stress represent normal and natural parts of life, they have the potential to be nothing short of debilitating for some people. Stress and anxiety tend to bring in-tow a wide variety of physical and psychological symptoms, which can have a highly detrimental impact on the lives of those affected.
One of the most common symptoms associated with anxiety is insomnia. It tends to be a case where those affected find themselves in something of a cycle that is difficult to break. The fact that they are suffering elevated anxiety makes it difficult for them to sleep – the fact that they are getting insufficient sleep increases their anxiety levels further and so on. Suffice to say, it can be an incredibly difficult cycle to break, though has the very real potential to continue getting worse if left unaddressed.
Which is precisely why it is crucially important to be proactive when it comes to such matters, rather than simply accepting them for what they are and doing nothing about them. As far as the experts are concerned, there are various ways and means by which insomnia as a side-effect of anxiety can be addressed – often without the need for professional intervention.
So with this in mind, what follows is a brief overview of 10 most important tips, with regard to improving sleep habits and quality of life as a result:
- First of all, it is important to get into a regular habit when it comes to the approximate time you go to sleep each night and the time you get up each morning. Over time, your body and mind will become instinctively trained to sleep easier and better if you establish a routine, rather than simply sleeping and getting up randomly.
- Never overlook the importance of creating the best possible environment in which to sleep, when it comes to the quality and amount of sleep you can expect. Your bedroom should be relatively cool, as dark as possible and with minimal distractions that may prevent you from sleeping.
- The same also goes for your choice of bed and bedding – the quality of which will make an enormous difference to your own sleep quality. While it’s safe to say that premium bedding and bedroom supplies can be expensive, they can also have a significant impact on your sleep.
- One of the best ways of shaking off a great deal of stress and anxiety from the day and in doing so promote a good night’s sleep is to exercise. Regular exercise is great for body and mind alike, just as long as you don’t indulge in exercise too close to lights-out as this can actually make it more difficult to sleep.
- Unsurprisingly, it is generally inadvisable for those struggling with their sleep patterns to indulge in stimulants like caffeine. Contrary to popular belief, the effects caffeine has on the body can actually continue for as long as 24 hours – they don’t wear off just as soon as that initial ‘buzz’ goes away. As such, it may be advisable to consider cutting caffeine out of your daily regime entirely.
- Just as going to bed hungry can make it extremely difficult to sleep, so too can overindulging before going to bed. The harder your body has to work to process the food, the more difficult you are likely to find it to get a good night’s sleep.
- Think about getting into some kind of habitual bedtime ritual, in order to prep and ready yourself for a good night’s sleep. Whether it is taking a bath, reading a book, making a milky hot drink or anything else that’s good for relaxation, it could make a big difference.
- Unless you have been specifically advised by a professional, it may be in your best interests to stay away from medication and supplements. Even in the case of those that are completely natural and safe, you may find yourself in a position where you can only relax and sleep well if you have a readily available supply on-hand.
- If you find yourself lying in bed for hours on end completely wide awake, it is far more productive and beneficial to get out of bed and distract yourself. The more time you spend lying there worrying about the fact that you cannot sleep, the less likely it is that you will actually get any sleep at all.
- Last but not least, it’s always worth remembering that there are plenty of professional counsellors and service providers standing by at all times, to offer their own advice and guidance when it comes to both anxiety and insomnia.