For those who work during the day, the night is their door to rest, studies, hobbies, and hangouts. The retreat from the sun allows you to escape from routines and obligations. For many, it may be the preferred time of day.
However, sometimes the night throws us down a steep path to walk. Worries (some well-founded, some less) can make the night uncomfortable and uncertain.
We compiled some tips to help you better understand nighttime anxiety. We will explore the causes of this and provide information that will allow you to face it and overcome it.
You are in a comfortable, familiar, and cozy room, sitting on your bed, what could prevent you from sleeping well? Nothing, right? Well, it’s not that simple.
Conditions may not be exactly right. Perhaps dreams are not so easy to catch, and the nightly vigil hums in our room as we roll over in bed, dreams become more and more distant.
We have all been through a situation like this and we know very well what the consequences will be. The next day will be difficult because we will not have enough rest. Night anxiety is like a nightmare that we have with our eyes open wide.
However, there are ways to deal with it and even help us get through it.
What Causes Us To Develop Night Anxiety
As the sun goes down, our worries often linger. Sometimes the company of others can temporarily dispel our fears, along with some activities that can rest us. But when we go to sleep, quietly and alone, all our worries and problems can return.
Some concern may arise in the middle of the night and we cannot deal with it. One fear leads to another, and another, and another.
We end up in a night world were real worries mix with nighttime anxiety and sleep becomes nearly impossible.
Here are some tips to help you avoid nighttime anxiety and allow you to better deal with it.
Try To Detect What It Is About A Situation That Triggers Anxiety
As we already said, when you lose yourself in nighttime anxiety, you end up engaging in multiple worries at the same time. Not all are real or deserve our attention. So we have to establish what we really want to solve.
For example, you made a mistake at work. It may not have been a serious mistake, but our anxiety compounds it. This turns you into a monster and worries you about your future at work.
You think you won’t be able to pay your rent soon and maybe you should move, but where? How?
So instead of really thinking about the problem and measuring its importance, you got lost in endless worries that don’t make sense.
Pay attention to the real problem and think about how you can solve it the next day.
Stay Busy During The Day
If you demand a lot of physical and mental exercise throughout the day, when you go to bed at night you only have one option: sleep.
Therefore, a great way to avoid nighttime anxiety is to not leave room for it to settle. Laying in bed with your body and mind exhausted from the day’s activities will lead to a restful sleep.
Try some additional sports activities and hobbies to help you through the day and night.
Have A Nighttime Routine
Although boredom has a bad reputation, it can sometimes be helpful. We all like to have fun, but if we want to rest, we have to stop. Human beings are creatures of habit.
If you get used to a nighttime routine, with set times for eating, washing dishes, drinking tea, and going to bed, you will naturally fall asleep.
Sleeping at the same time also helps us regulate our circadian rhythm, which will lead us to sleep more naturally and with benefits.
This is an important point. Gulping down high-fat foods before bed is not the best way to fall asleep. You will not be able to sleep well if you have indigestion.
Therefore, your dinner should be light, rich in vegetables and other healthy foods that are easy to digest.
Avoid Energy Drinks
This is another vital point. There is no use doing all of the above if, before falling asleep, you drink alcohol or other beverages that contain stimulants, such as caffeine.
It is always better to have dinner with mineral water or a glass of warm milk.
When was the last time you couldn’t sleep? Would you dare tell us why? Which of the points mentioned in the article is already part of your routine? Share with us in the comment section.