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

Two Easy Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

by Rich Nilsen,

author of “Sleep Great for Life”

There are two easy steps for helping many people obtain a better night’s sleep.


Don’t want to miss that favorite television show that starts at 10:00 p.m.?  Well, that is what DVRs and VCRs are for. DVRs are wonderful in that you can set up a regular, scheduled taping every time your favorite show airs. You can also easily record the remainder of a show if you find yourself getting sleepy. If you don’t have a DVR, then get one. Most cable and satellite providers will give you the box for free, and the monthly charge is typically around $7.

Use modern technology to your advantage. Your sleep is too important.


I am a firm believer that by putting your thoughts to paper, it helps release them from your mind.  It allows you to wake up the next day and, at that time, begin to address the issue(s). Another benefit of doing this is that you will not lose that great idea that you just had while lying in bed!

 Make sure you do not go to bed with your mind racing or with problems still pending.  Put them “to bed” for the night, and then you will be able to put yourself to bed – peacefully.

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“Sleep Great for Life” can help you overcome insomnia in less than 3 weeks. The book is available in both Print and e-book formats.

5-Star Rated Book “Sleep Great for Life” Now Available in Print

Every night millions of people throughout the U.S. and the world suffer with some type of sleep disorder. It may be difficulty falling asleep, waking up in the middle of night with the inability to resume sleeping, restless sleep in general, or a combination of these difficulties.

Sleep deprivation can spiral out of a control, lasting for months or years while wreaking havoc on a person’s overall well-being. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Author Rich Nilsen has written a new book, Sleep Great for Life, which offers 14 critical steps for proper sleep hygiene, before laying the foundation for the heart and soul of the book: the easy-to-apply Sleep Great method. The book had previously only been available in e-book formats but is now available in paperback for the first time.

“I suffered with debilitating insomnia and it was wrecking my life,” explained Nilsen. “It pains me to see anyone else suffering with a sleep disorder because I know how difficult it can be, how it can affect one’s personal and work life, and the depression it can cause. Insomnia is a vastly underrated health problem.”

Sleep surveys indicate that fifty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. experience symptoms of insomnia a few nights a week or more.  The impact of poor sleep results in numerous health and personal issues, including depression, increased blood pressure, irritability, difficulty concentrating, lack of sexual desire, just to name a few.

One of the goals of the Sleep Great method is to teach readers that they do not have to rely on sleeping pills to get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.

“Despite what the pharmaceutical companies would have you believe, the truth is that you can’t buy a good night’s sleep,” explained Nilsen.“The Sleep Great method works extremely well, without the need of any drugs, and readers can begin to apply the concepts the first day they dive into the book.”

Nilsen empowers readers to take back their nights and sleep time by teaching them:

  • To fix any of the missing 14 sleep hygiene steps in their life
  • How to get off all prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids
  • To spot stress factors that bring about insomnia
  • To understand how to lay a proper sleep foundation for life
  • How to properly attack their sleep issue and overcome it once and for all

“I read this book a while back, but wanted to give it a chance to see how well it really worked before reviewing. As a family man that has a full-time job and freelances from home nightly, good sleep has always been an issue. I would go to bed exhausted from the day, but so wired I couldn’t keep my eyes shut. These techniques to achieve a restful night’s sleep really delivered! The concepts and plans are presented clearly without a lot of unnecessary filler making it a quick read. Also, knowing that the author had gone through some of my same sleep issues made it easy to relate with. Great book for a great night’s sleep.” — Donald Shofner, Lexington KY

About the Book

Sleep Great for Life is a five-star rated Kindle book on The book is now available in print for the first time from publisher All Star Press – Books that Change Lives. It is available in print and e-book wherever books are sold, including on the publisher’s website at E-book available here for instant download.

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Warning Signs of an Increased Stress Level

reprinted from “Sleep Great for Life,” rated 5 stars on

by Rich Nilsen

One of the common behavioral reactions to stress can be an exaggeration of an existing habit.  Maybe one of your responses is overeating, and you suddenly notice yourself eating way more than you usually do.

These will be important factors to keep a close eye on after you solve your sleep disorder.  Insomnia can come back, but only if you let it.  Be confident that you won’t let that happen, because you will have established a solid foundation. Your precious sleep life will not be built on shifting sands.

The following are some red flags to watch out.  Feel free to add to this list based on your own experience.

Muscular tension and physical pain

Obsessive thoughts

Closing yourself off from others

Increased levels of bad habits – e.g. smoking, overeating.

Tics – face, eyes, etc.



Increased need to urinate – often a sign of depression.


Difficulty concentrating

Feeling overwhelmed with your workload

Feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities

Mood swings

Lack of motivation

Other [list your own] ________________

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Learn to establish the proper foundation for going to bed, and then in a very short time you can successfully apply the sleep great solution presented in this highly acclaimed book. Within only a few weeks – if not sooner – poor sleep will be a thing of the past. Why have another restless night?

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Have you gotten to the point where you feel that no one or nothing can help with your insomnia, and that friends and family who do not have sleep disorders simply can’t relate to your problem?

In a 2007 study approximately 64 million Americans regularly suffer from insomnia each year, and there is little doubt that this massive number has grown in the past four years. Fifty-eight percent of adults in the U.S. experience symptoms of insomnia a few nights a week or more. This is a serious problem and you are not alone. The painful fact is the prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids are not a good long term solution, and in too many cases, not even a good short term solution.

Fortunately there is a break-through new book that can get you on the path to eliminating insomnia permanently from your life.

In the new book “Sleep Great for Life” just published this week, you will learn:
Proper Sleep Hygiene – Laying the Foundation for a Great Night’s Sleep (Chapter 4). Here you will learn 15 different factors that can negatively affect your night’s rest and prevent you from getting the sleep your body needs.

The Step-by-Step Solution for Great Sleep for Life (Chapter 8). This is the heart and soul of the book, where you will learn how to take a serious problem and turn it into a positive aspect of your life. Sleep will no longer be a thorn in your side. Instead, sleep will offer the restorative hours that your mind and body needs each day.

This book is perfect for an individual who knows they have a sleep problem but doesn’t know where to turn.

Inadequate sleep is a poorly understood and often underestimated serious medical problem. This book discusses unhealthy sleep patterns and identifies ways to correct them by applying proper sleep hygiene. “Sleep Great for Life” will teach you how to lay the proper foundation and how to apply the four steps that are the key components for conquering insomnia.

Insomnia is one of the most serious health risks that a person can face in their lifetime. It is when insomnia becomes a regular part of life that one has to be very concerned about the subsequent health issues that can follow, and the negative impact it can have on the quality of life.

“There is plenty of compelling evidence that sleep is the most important predictor of how long you will live – perhaps more important than whether you smoke, exercise or have high blood pressure or cholesterol levels.” explained William Dement, Stanford University psychiatry professor.

Sleep debt works just like financial debt. Before you realize it, you have a serious problem. You build up sleep debt throughout the week. There are numerous medical studies that prove prolonged lack of sleep can lead to many serious problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, digestive problems, diabetes, sleep apnea, and even stroke.

There are various factors in one’s life that can lead to a sleep disorder. Most commonly, some form of stress has reached a breaking point. One’s ability to adapt to the stress has failed and now they are unable to rest peacefully at night. “Sleep Great for Life” dives into all of the many issues that can be at the root of the sleep disorder.

Please note that, although this book is jam packed with great information about sleep disorders, this is not a medical guide or study.

Don’t go another night without giving yourself the best chance at overcoming your sleep disorder. If you are sleep deprived, this book is for you. Order “Sleep Great for Life” today, the latest publication from All Star Press, Books that Change Lives. This ground-breaking work is now available in all e-book formats through Smashwords and the Kindle from Amazon.  PDF version also available for immediate download.