Why is sleep affected by Anxiety to this extent?
Unhealthy Anxiety is always waiting around for our weak and vulnerable moments, ready to ‘pounce’. As we’re slowly drifting off to sleep, we are at our most vulnerable. Anxiety quickly turns on ‘anxiety chatterbox’ in our heads, keeping us awake.
This endless nightly worrying negatively impacts our day-to-day functioning. How can we enjoy our day, and cope with our responsibilities, when we are surviving on a few hours’ sleep?
One of my clients described it this way:
‘I go to sleep not knowing if I’ll get any sleep at all. Sometimes I manage to drift off and have nightmares, but it is worse when I can’t sleep at all. My inability to turn off constant chatter in my head at night is making me feel depressed, tired, and lethargic. I am sure I’ll be fired from my job soon.’
This constant ‘Anxiety Chatter’ is quite common in Anxiety sufferers.