Anxiety is a normal human emotion characterized by feelings of nervousness and worry.
Sometimes, though, anxiety may linger around for longer than usual.
When this happens, it can interfere with your daily — and nightly — life.
One of the most common times when people experience anxiety is at night.
How can I stop anxiety at night?
To reduce anxiety and stress:
- Meditate. Focus on your breath — breathe in and out slowly and deeply — and visualize a serene environment such as a deserted beach or grassy hill.
- Prioritize your to-do list.
- Play music.
- Get an adequate amount of sleep.
- Direct stress and anxiety elsewhere.
- Talk to someone.
Why do I have panic attacks at night?
It’s not known what causes panic attacks. Underlying factors may include genetics, stress and certain changes in the way parts of your brain work. In some cases, an underlying condition, such as a sleep disorder or thyroid problem, can cause panic-like signs and symptoms.
What are night dreads?
Night terror, also known as sleep terror, is a sleep disorder causing feelings of panic or dread typically occurring during the first hours of stage 3–4 non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep and lasting for 1 to 10 minutes. Sleep terrors usually begin in childhood and usually decrease with age.