Chances are you have probably experienced some episode of anxiety or insomnia. It is very common to get the jitters before a speaking event, performance, or even going to the doctor. A sleepless night can also precede any such event. Here and there, this is very common. When you start to experience this agitation frequently is when we start to seek alleviation.
Insomnia and anxiety are frequently linked. Often, once you get a good night sleep, the anxiety can calm down and become more manageable. It can be transient, lasting up to one week, and is often caused by an acute stress. Short term insomnia lasts for 1 to 6 months and is often associated with a chronic stress such as the death of a loved one. Chronic insomnia lasts more than 6 months and is associated with a variety of disorders. Insomnia is classified as either mild, moderate, or severe:
- Mild insomnia occurs almost every night and is associated with impairment on a minimal impact of quality of life.
- Moderate occurs every night and has associated symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue and irritability.
- Severe insomnia occurs every night and has more severe associated symptoms.
Here are some ideas that can be very helpful.
Many people find huge relief with taking DHEA 10 mg twice a day. You may want to get hormone levels checked and even an adrenal stress test to look at your adrenal health. Often chronic stress can run down your adrenals to the point that they begin to barely function. A feeling of fatigue mixed with anxiety is a good sign of this.
Omega 3 fatty acids are a nice way to balance the body. Many supplement companies over the counter have solvents that can be detected, especially the cheaper fish oils. This is one reason 2 tablespoons of flax seed oil per day are a clean and easy way to get your oils.
Melatonin is a natural hormone released at night from the pineal gland. Interestingly, there are studies that demonstrate the use of LED lights can lower your melatonin secretion at night. This is why you should avoid late night TV watching and use only natural light. 3 mg dose is usually sufficient, though you can take 6 mg.
Diet is always essential. If you suffer from insomnia and anxiety, it is important to avoid drinking coffee, cola, black tea, and eating chocolate. Avoid your food allergies and any simple sugar foods that will cause a rollercoaster in your blood sugar levels throughout the day.