Night time possesses something different to daytime, especially when it comes down to anxiety. After a while I started to fear night-time and that the things that night-time includes; the darkness, silence, thoughts and loneliness. I longed for the daytime as soon as it was dark, wishing away the dark hours so that the lighter ones could come sooner. I still do fear night-time sometimes however, I decided that I needed to do something about my night-time anxiety as living in a cycle of fearing the night is going to end up taking its toll.
My anxiety comes and goes throughout the day and I’ve got various ways in which try to tackle that anxiety; my anxiety tips. However, at night-time my anxiety manifests itself and some of the tips that help me reduce my anxiety in the day don’t seem to help as much at night therefore, I wanted to write a blog on how I cope with my night-time anxiety.
- Avoid: caffeine, nicotine and alcohol in the evening.
Caffeine, is an obvious thing to avoid considering it will keep you awake. I also find that nicotine and alcohol aggravate my anxiety, and, bring on my symptoms of anxiety so I avoid/limit them as much as possible in the evening as well as in the daytime.
- Bed Habits
Firstly, avoid laying in bed for longer than 15-20 minutes; bed is a place for sleeping not worrying and obsessing. Don’t get into bed until you feel like you’d be able to fall asleep. I like to distract myself if I can’t go to sleep and keep over thinking by: watching tv, writing, listening to calm music and even sometimes I do some light exercise such as star jumps for a couple of minutes.
- Herbal/Natural Remedies
CBD (cannabidiol hemp oil) is made from high CBT, low THC (less than 0.3% in the UK to meet legal requirements) and is non-psychoactive so, no, it won’t get you high. I’m going to write a separate blog on why I love CBD oil so much however, if you’re interested in trying some click here and please read the directions and check with a health professional before taking.
Furthermore, taking any herbal remedies such as: St Johns Wort, Rescue Remedy, Calms, Valerian Root etc can help relieve mild symptoms of anxiety however, please check with a medical professional beforehand to ensure you’re okay to take any medication/supplements. You can find any herbal/natural remedies in a chemist or health store such as: holland and Barrett.
Id also like to note that herbal/natural remedies are not only effective when taken to relieve anxiety but are also beneficial to take for a better sleep. I personally prefer to take natural/herbal remedies as I always suffer bad side effects from prescribed medication.
As written in my 5 tips to reduce anxiety blog, taking deep breaths whilst placing your hand on your stomach and the other hand on your heart, will help you to gain back control over your breathing and may prevent a panic attack. I try to block everything out of my mind and focus on breathing in for 3 counts ,then, breathing out for 3 counts – I like to repeat this until I feel I have regained control.
As mentioned above, if I’m struggling to fall asleep I like to do some light, simple, exercise for a couple of minutes to burn off energy. I prefer to carry out my daily exercise in the evening as not only does it burn off energy therefore make me feel tired, but it also lets me shake off any problems/frustrations the day as brought.
This may just be a tip that helps me, but I find that having a bath makes me feel tired therefore, I like to take a bath a couple of hours before I go to sleep. I’d also recommend putting some form of lavender in your bath such as: a lavender bath bomb, as it provides sleeping benefits.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and please remember that these are things that help me. As always, please comment, follow and subscribe to keep updated with my latest blogs. I always love hearing what you all have to say so don’t hesitate to contact me.