4 reasons you can’t sleep at night

The Diary of the Anxious Blogger

Did you sleep well last night? Good nights kip? Better now? Many of us suffer from sleep deprivation for a number reasons and the answer to the questions above is almost always an abrupt NO.  As someone who understands how frustrating it can be, I have outlined four reasons as to why you may be unable to switch off at the right time.

Overthinking

 The most common would probably be overthinking. When you go to bed you’re left alone with your thoughts and for some of us this can get a little bit out of hand. Instead of drifting off within seconds we over-analyse every tiny detail of our day. Questions like: I wonder if I did enough work today? Did I come across as rude earlier? What if they don’t speak to me again? And yes, you guessed it, of course there are a thousand answers for your…

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4 reasons you can’t sleep at night

Did you sleep well last night? Good nights kip? Better now? Many of us suffer from sleep deprivation for a number reasons and the answer to the questions above is almost always an abrupt NO.  As someone who understands how frustrating it can be, I have outlined four reasons as to why you may be unable to switch off at the right time.

Overthinking

 The most common would probably be overthinking. When you go to bed you’re left alone with your thoughts and for some of us this can get a little bit out of hand. Instead of drifting off within seconds we over-analyse every tiny detail of our day. Questions like: I wonder if I did enough work today? Did I come across as rude earlier? What if they don’t speak to me again? And yes, you guessed it, of course there are a thousand answers for your mind to scramble around in.

Anxiety

 Overthinking and anxiety go hand in hand. They complement each other like fish and chips. Unfortunately, anxiety has a wee habit of making us feel alert instead of allowing us to relax and fall into our dreams. Depending on the severity of the anxiety we may struggle to lie down at all! Anxiety covers such a broad spectrum and therefore it can be difficult to identify which triggers provoke an attack.

OCD

 If you suffer from OCD then I’m sure you understand how frustrating attempting to sleep can be. As soon as you close your eyes you suddenly ask yourself whether or not you closed the fridge. You re-assure yourself, yes of course I did. Then all of a sudden you fall asleep and wake up feeling bright-eyed and raring to go… if only it was that easy. You see, there is this pesky little thing called doubt. Now, doubt will creep in and tell you to check the fridge. Why? Because it’s open… according to this so-called expert!

Clock-watching

 Clock-watching is somewhat similar to OCD in the way it can become an obsession. Perhaps you even count the hours of sleep you will have before the alarm pulls you from your state of unconsciousness. The problem arises when you find yourself unable to sleep so you constantly check the time. In the end you become more concerned with the number of hours sleep you’re going to get rather than sleep itself… convenient.


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I will be writing a follow-up article to this post soon identifying methods to help tackle these problems. Stay tuned!

 

Dodow-Sleep-Aid Device- for a better nights sleep

 

ATTACK

The Diary of the Anxious Blogger

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Attack

I see the body of a shark

Its eyes fixed on its prey

Alone now stuck in the dark

Will it live to see another day?

Attack

I hear the buzzing of the bee

I’m pretty sure it’s coming for me

Please, don’t land in my tea

Racing around it hops on my knee

Attack

I taste the poison in the potion

It trickles down my throat

A slow type of notion

Do pass me that note

Attack

I feel the beating of my heart

Nobody told me about this part

Speaking out loud

Oh, wouldn’t I be proud

The impossible mission

My ultimate vision

There it is again

I go to grab my pen

Sorry Mrs I have to leave

But why?

You’re not going to die

You see I’m about to heave

Please anxiety leave me alone

I’ll call you, we’ll talk…

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MY WORST NIGHTMARE

The Diary of the Anxious Blogger

A house full of guests… no biggy right? Well, for me when my mum has her friends over I feel trapped. Today is exactly the same. The same feeling leaves me overwhelmed and I cower away in my room to avoid any social interaction and the possibility of being embarrassed.


I know, it seems ridiculous right? I don’t want to come across as rude but I just can’t help it. I feel awkward after-all I don’t these people very well and small-talk is incredibly awkward. Overthinking combined with the fear of seeming anxious makes me a prisoner in my own room. I can’t leave, it’s as if the door is a barrier to the danger. In my mind, I know there is no real danger but I just can’t seem to shake the feeling.

My mum simply doesn’t understand that when she shouts ‘COME DOWN FOR SOME CAKE AND SAY…

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