30 minutes before bed: Books = good. Screens = bad.
Q: May I just say that anxiety insomnia is just one of the most evil things out there?
It’s bad enough that, during the day, I spend so many precious minutes worrying about things that I’m pretty sure shouldn’t be worried about.
It’s bad enough I get the palpitations and the irregular breathing.
But why do I have to suffer at night too?
I simply can’t sleep.
It drives my family crazy because I stay up watching TV very late.
What they don’t understand is that I WANT to sleep. My eyes are heavy and my body tired.
But sleep simply doesn’t come to me and I don’t like it.
My brain, no matter how much I order it to stop thinking and worry, just doesn’t stop doing what it isn’t supposed to do when it’s bedtime.
When I do lie down, I toss and turn and roll about and the thoughts come in nonstop.
Does this happen to all who suffer from anxiety, or am I a special, unfortunate case?
Is there some medication I can take to help ease me into sleep?
Eva’s response: Hey Kelly, you’re right! Insomnia is indeed an extremely frustrating and infuriating symptom of anxiety disorder.
And while not every woman who experiences anxiety will also experience anxiety, I think it’s safe to say that you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t experienced disturbed sleep due to anxiety.
When you sleep, your soul leaves your body and joins with universal energy to become recharged.
When you are unable to let go of your earthly worries, your brain does not enter the state that allows you to fully ‘let go’ and go into a deep, refreshing and restorative sleep.
Try this: 30 minutes before you attempt sleep, darken your room. Read a book by all means (Jane Austen novels never fail to get me sleepy), but don’t play on your phone or use your ipad.
When the wave of sleep comes to you, ride it. Switch off your light and allow yourself to drift.
If a worry comes to you, don’t engage with it, and don’t fight it. Simply put it in a bubble of white light and resolve to deal with it in the morning.
Allow the bubble to float back to the Universe. You never know – the Universe just might fix the worry for you! Everything looks better in the light of day.
Good luck Kelly, and I hope you get some good, quality sleep soon!
Love + light,
PS – Yes, there are medications that can help you get to sleep, and you’ll need to speak to your doctor about that. But I want you to try Rescue Remedy first.