Insomnia is a common sleep disorder caused by many factors such as stress, anxiety, tiredness, worries, and so on. According to many reports, nearly 78% of people have suffered from insomnia at least once in their lifetime. Not only that, nearly 20-25% of working-class people face sleep disorders every day.
According to doctors, apart from physical pain, anxiety is one of the most common reasons for insomnia. Anxiety is a mental response from humans to stressful situations such as job interviews, worrisome situations, work stress, and so on.
Anxiety can really affect your sleep schedule and lack of sleep may cause even more anxiety. Have you ever felt bad about staying up till 3-4 AM but still not willing to sleep? This is caused by anxiety and we prefer to do activities to keep our minds busy rather than sleeping peacefully.
In the USA, nearly 30% of adults are not getting enough sleep while more than 20% are suffering from some kind of mental illness. Anxiety with sleep deprivation is a dangerous combination and may cause serious long-term health issues such as strong behavioral changes, mental illness, physical weakness, and memory problems.
According to a medical reports, people often buy Zopiclone, Etizolam and use them on regular basis to keep up with their sleep cycle.
Insomnia and Anxiety: What’s the Difference?
Let’s try to understand insomnia and anxiety better.
Insomnia is just a medical word for troubled sleep cycles. A person suffering from insomnia has the following symptoms:
- Incredibly difficult to fall asleep on time.
- Waking up unexpectedly at night or early in the morning.
- Difficulty taking long hours of sleep without interruptions.
- Feeling of tiredness after waking up
- Sometimes even when you feel sleepy, you struggle to fall asleep.
- Highly irritable behavior
- Difficulty focusing and remembering things
Here are some common reasons for Insomnia:
- Stress from work, family issues, performance pressure, etc
- Long journeys
- Working in rotating shifts
- Sometimes high altitudes places may cause insomnia too.
- Anxiety, bipolar disorders, psychological issues, etc
- Physical pain caused by medical conditions
- Disrutbance while trying to sleep such as noise, lightening, etc.
Anxiety, on the other hand, is our body’s natural response to uncomfortable and difficult situations. Mind you, these situations may vary from person to person. For example, someone can be extremely anxious before an important meeting while others may take it easy.
Anxiety happens when our mind starts thinking ahead of time and trying to calculate the next events or results. Here are some common symptoms:
- Faster breathing caused
- Constant sweating
- Feeling of panic, fear, or danger
- Increased heartbeat
- high/low blood pressure
- Shivering or trembling
- Feeling nervous and restless
- Difficulty calming down
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Unwilling to eat or do anything
Anxiety can be caused by one of the following:
- Drug abuse/withdrawal symptoms
- Medication side-effects
- Heart issues
- Respiratory disorders, breathing issues
- Alcohol/smoking withdrawal
What Are The Risk Factors?
Here are some reasons that can increase the chances of developing anxiety and insomnia:
- Personality – yes, it’s true. People with certain behavior and personality are more likely to have anxiety issues than others.
- Stress Caused by Chronic Disease – If someone is having an illness for a long time, the constant worry may cause anxiety and insomnia.
- Mental Health Issues t- People will depression and low self-esteem are likely to have anxiety.
- Traumatic Experience – People who have been through traumatic experiences such as accidents, physical abuse, and loss of dear ones often suffer from stress and anxiety.
- Drug Withdrawal – Drugs, alcohol use, and withdrawal may impact your behavior and cause anxiety issues.