How is it that I fear going to sleep?

I just about fall asleep then I can't help but sit up and walk around.

Kaileen McMickle, MS, LPC
Kaileen McMickle, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

This is very common!  Sleep is when we are most vulnerable and it requires our bodies to let go of control and lose awareness of a lot of our environment.  

Has anything bad ever happened to you at night or when you were sleeping? This could be something to consider.  Your body may be feeling a need to protect you by not letting you relax and instead keeping you awake and aware to anything around you.

Could you be worrying about what is happening the following day?  It's also normal to have pressures of the next day rolling through our minds before our bodies commit to sleep.  If you pay attention to what you are thinking about before bed, that could tell you a lot about what you worry about in your life.

Not everyone is into meditation or mindfulness, but these methods can help send the message to your brain that you are safe.  There are some pretty neat apps like Calm and Headspace, or mindfulness videos on youtube that have a variety of tools to fit what you may need.  It may take a while for these to really start to show results, so keep at it if you have the chance.

Journaling can also be a great way to release some of the stress from the day and silence the mind a bit.  

Consulting with a doctor may also be a plus if your sleep continues to be impacted.  Not having proper sleep can lead to more anxiety and reduce the body's capabilities to regulate emotion, leading to worsened sleep.  Sometimes having a buffer there can help get your sleep on a better track while you work on the anxiety.  

Hope you find some of this helpful!

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Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Maybe you are afraid to let go of your problems for a few hours.

Although you didn't write this, usually what keeps people awake or prevents them from falling asleep are worries about certain situations in their lives.

If this describes you then. maybe talk with yourself to convince you that you are entitled to a good night's sleep.

Really we all are and feeling rested from the day and life's tensions will better you to handle whatever the particular matters are.

Also, maybe you will be more enthusiastic to go to bed if you have a comfy mattress and nice pillows!  Make your bed an inviting place because this will tempt you to enjoy relaxing enough to go to sleep!

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.

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