Insomnia as a symptom of stress?

by Martin Reed on 27 July 2012 in insomnia cures

There is a clear link between insomnia and stress. Insomnia can be a symptom of stress and can lead to a vicious circle with the resulting lack of sleep making the stress even worse. One recent study found that daytime stress is a strong predictor of sleep quality. If stress is to blame for your insomnia what can you do about it?

Doctors typically suggest a healthy diet and exercise as the key to managing stress and reducing stress symptoms such as insomnia. Meditation and progressive muscle relaxation can help, as can natural remedies and supplements.

Rhodiola is one of a few adaptogens that reduce stress by  regulating the production of cortisol (200mg per day should help). Branded products such as PureCalm also come highly recommended.

Sometimes, insomnia can be a symptom of anxiety or even panic attacks. Anxiety can make it hard to fall asleep in the first place whilst panic attacks can result in sudden, unpleasant awakenings at night. If you feel your sleep is compromised due to anxiety or panic attacks, there are two specific treatment options that may help.

The first is a program called Panic Away - a natural technique that helps stop panic attacks and general anxiety. You can expect to see big improvements within three to four weeks. The second is called the Linden Method - an academically, psychologist and doctor support anxiety elimination program with a near 100% success rate amongst complying clients.

Whatever you do, please do not ignore stress or insomnia. Left untreated, these conditions can get worse and lead to increasingly serious symptoms. If you're concerned, please speak with your doctor.

Source: Sleep Journal

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