Written by:
Amina Javed

These days life has become so fast and stressful, whether it’s job or job interview, ending of holidays or beginning of New Year. All such activities creates stress and effects our sleep. If it is not effecting now, it could effect in future. Few relaxation techniques will help you to relax and improve your sleep.

Amina Javed is working as Clinical Psychologist at Willing Ways, Lahore. In 2015, she completed her MS in clinical psychology, from Centre Clinical Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore. In 2013, she did her BS in Clinical Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Editor: Sehrish Sarfraz

Anxiety and sleep

Most of people find it difficult to sleep, when they are under stress. Stress and anxiety make it troublesome to fall asleep or sometimes staying asleep. People find difficulty in initiating sleep or continuing it. When we experience anxiety, it becomes difficult to relax our mind and number of thoughts increases the sleep disturbance.

Ultimately it further aggravates the problem and we experience intense emotions and become fearful. It creates physical stress and which results in unpleasant feelings. When we experience anxiety or stress our body respond to it and releases certain chemicals including, adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine.

They enable us to fight or flight. Which make it difficult to sleep, staying asleep, waking up early morning, feeling lethargic and unrested. These symptoms are basic features of insomnia and anxiety can further aggravate these symptoms. Unexpected stressors can results in insomnia or disturbed sleep, which could be for short time.

Any extreme stress producing event can cause severe insomnia. Prolonged anxiety symptoms brings chronic sleep problems, while mostly anxiety disorders have symptoms of disturbed sleep. Stress cause sleep disturbance as well as sleep disturbance causes stress.

Irritability and Anger.

  • Feelings of being overawed.
  • Tussles with motivation.
  • Trouble with attention and recall 
  • Lack of liveliness.
  • Higher emotional reactivity.

High stress and disturbed sleep creates greater risks for psychological and somatic disease. Stress and inadequate sleep are each individually connected to obesity and overweight, worry and hopelessness, Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic illnesses, cardiac disease, and mental problems.