Sleep, Anxiety, Insomnia: A Thousand and One Sleepless Nights

by Ryan Rivera of


Some people love to sleep so much that it’s an everyday struggle for them to get up. Others fall asleep so easily whenever or wherever they may be. Sleeping is an essential human activity. It gives the mind and body the necessary rest from a day’s worth of activities. That is why it is extremely difficult when a person has trouble sleeping. Sleep deprivation is considered as a serious medical condition that should be diagnosed immediately. Sleep deprivation can lead to various illnesses, which are detrimental and sometimes irreversible.


Insomnia is the most common complaint of people who are suffering from a sleeping disorder. It is defined as the inability to get the right amount of sleep needed by the body. The amount of sleep a person needs depends on his age and his daily activities. If one is frequently deprived of sleep, then he may be suffering from insomnia. This can be easily detected. Here are few of the symptoms.

  • Great difficulty in falling asleep despite being worn out
  • Daytime drowsiness, fatigue and restlessness
  • Hard time getting back to sleep after waking up
  • Frequently experiencing disjointed sleeps
  • Dependence on sleeping pills or alcohol to fall asleep
  • Difficulty in concentrating during the day
  • Still feeling restless and tired after waking up

What Triggers Insomnia

Insomnia can be caused by several factors, but the two leading causes are sleep anxiety and hyper-arousal. Each case is treated differently. It is important to understand first what keeps the person from sleeping to make sure that the treatment will be a success. Depending on the cause, a combination of therapies and drug medications might be needed to treat it. If they are not treated immediately, both causes can lead to chronic insomnia, a disorder that is extremely detrimental to a person’s mental and physical health.

Sleep Anxiety and Hyper-arousal

The leading cause that keeps people from sleeping is the tendency to worry a lot. The excessive worrying keeps the mind occupied thus depriving it of rest. The object of concern builds up a huge amount of stress that will practically keep the person from sleeping. Common worries that people think about are jobs, families, financial matters, and personal issues.

The second leading cause of insomnia is hyper-arousal. This is the state when a person always feels overly alert and highly perceptive. The feeling of being in constant danger keeps the person’s senses sharp that it prevents him from sleeping. There are many documented cases of veteran soldiers who are unable to sleep because they think that they are still on the battlefield.

Therapies and Drug Medications for Insomnia

Treatment for insomnia is a combination of drug medication and therapy. Since most of the cases are psychologically related, doctors often recommend therapy sessions to help cure the disorder. Drug medications are prescribed to provide immediate relief but not as a permanent solution. There are also doctors that prescribe relaxation techniques such as meditation or biofeedback to induce sleep.

Here are tips that could help a person sleep.

  • Proper exercise in the morning and afternoon can simulate the body to function properly. Relaxation techniques such as yoga and Tai Chi are popular choices for people who have a hard time sleeping.
  • Learning breathing techniques can help in reducing stress in the body. Meditation can help a person relax.
  • Establishing a regular bed time can also help in promoting sleep. Avoid doing heavy activities before bed time so that the body is conditioned to sleep.
  • Eating healthy foods helps in de-stressing the body.

Insomnia is a serious problem that should be treated immediately. Experiencing sleepless nights doesn’t always sound romantic.


– Ryan Rivera writes about anxiety to help others at

Sleep Great for Life reaches #6 Best Seller under ‘Healthy Living’ on Amazon

The All Star Press publication Sleep Great for Life has reached #6 on the Best Seller list under the very competitive  ‘Healthy Living’ section. Over 900 copies of the book were downloaded in only three days last week in the Amazon Kindle store, with readers coming as far away as Japan.

Rated 5-stars on AmazonSleep Great for Life teaches readers how to successfully apply 14 sleep hygiene rules in their life, followed by four facets of the Sleep Great method. In a very short time, readers can be expected to overcome their insomnia and sleep-related issues once and for all.

“This no-nonsense easy to read book is a diamond in the rough,” explained one reader, Steve Terelak. “There are some simple practical alternatives to pharmaceuticals that I found helpful in daily practice.   Nilsen takes the reader on a journey to better sleep through his own experiences. The solutions he offers are well thought out. Topics, including sleep hygiene and naps, pinpointed specific ideas we take for granted. Stress is a major contributor to interrupting our necessary sleep cycle. I found his suggestions on dealing with stress beneficial in helping my body and mind achieve the necessary steps to the all important rest needed to function at optimal capacity.”

Terelak continued, “I’m sleeping better and continuing work on the important elements of getting a restful nights sleep.”

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