Overcoming Anxiety Attacks at Bedtime

Overcoming anxiety attacks at bedtime is a difficult task, especially with all of the stress people tend to go through in a day. From the constant stress of work to issues such as financial or marital concerns, a lot of people will wake up in the middle of night with the sweats, shakes or even heart palpitations. There are a few methods to help overcome this though – eating right, exercising and getting the right amount of sleep. Each are helpful, but using all three methods are an excellent way to help in eliminating anxiety attacks at night.

Eating the right food can help your sleep pattern. Make sure to eat the variety of foods from all the recommended food groups – milk, vegetables, fruits, grains, meat and beans. Eating organic foods can help with sleep. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Being dehydrated can cause feelings of anxiety and potentially affect sleep. Stay away from sugar, especially near bedtime. Each of these simple steps can help in overcoming anxiety attacks at bedtime.

Exercise is a natural way to release endorphins, which helps creates a sense of relaxation, not only for the body, but also for the mind. A runner’s high is a common term used by runners after jogging a certain distance that helps create a sense of euphoria. However, jogging is not the only type of exercise that can create this natural high. Other great exercises include yoga, walking, cycling, weight lifting, swimming or play team sports such as basketball and volleyball. All are great ways to help induce endorphins, which are important in overcoming anxiety attacks at bedtime.

The last aspect in helping overcome anxiety attacks at bedtime is getting the right quality and amount of sleep. Generally, adults need 7 to 8 hours of a sleep a night. Sleep deprivation can have effect how people think and effect their mood. Getting on a good sleep pattern (i.e. going to bed at 10:00pm every night) is a good first step. Next, try relaxation techniques during bedtime such as listening to classical music and/or forms of sleep hypnosis. Both of which are excellent techniques in relaxation and help in falling asleep.