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Anxiety About Sleeping

If you are a ‘worrier’ you are at greater risk of having insomnia. Worrying about your sleep can make it worse and this may create a vicious cycle of poor sleep and worrying.

Worrying may disturb your sleep even you if you are not an anxious person. If you have a regular pattern of poor sleep and feeling tired during the day, you may feel less sure of your ability to ever sleep well again.

Insomnia that began in a time of high stress might not go away, even after the stress has been dealt with.

To treat insomnia, one of the main things you should focus on is being more relaxed and drowsy before going to bed.

Using alcohol for relaxation will lead to worse sleep. It is a popular myth that alcohol improves sleep. Alcohol is a muscle relaxant and will exacerbate any underlying sleep disordered breathing. Talk to your GP who can refer you to a sleep specialist that can help.