Techniques if you struggle with anxiety.
Vice.com has an article that I have referenced in the past for what to do if you are having trouble sleeping.
I'll summarize it below:
- Don't ever look at your clock to see the time. Until the alarm goes off, never look at the time.
- If you can't sleep, leave the room and do something else. Lying in bed pointlessly will ratchet up your anxiety. It also reinforces the bad experiences you have had. My go-to is reading a book. Don't watch TV or check your phone.
- Do a brain dump. Journal your thoughts, tomorrow's to-do's, and worries. I use google docs and do voice transcription, which works better than my $2,000 medical transcription device.
- Practice meditating, or mindfulness awareness.
- Don't go to bed unless you are tired. I would recommend if you want to start going to bed early getting up at your goal time. You will naturally be wiped in the evening.
- Supplements are great, but should be used in conjunction with other therapies. Melatonin, Valerian, etc... work and there is data behind it. However, put your fingers in all the pies you can.
- Benzodiazopenes (klonopin, xanax, etc...) are habit-forming and cause tolerance. I would stay away from this class of medications at all costs. Honestly, most of these drugs should be only for use in the hospital and in postop situations.
- A visit to your primary care physician may be helpful if you fail the above techniques. I did it in medical school and got great benefit.
I've listed other techniques as well but I think it is worth having a game plan when your plan fails.Order Now!