Anxiety preventing sleep
Have you ever heard of covid insomnia? If you answered no, you are not alone. There could be many reasons for that, but it may be more common than you would think.
“COVID” insomnia is not a direct symptom of COVID-19. This insomnia is related to anxiety.
Overall, about 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, and it is the most common mental illness in the U.S.
Constent exposure to COVID news brings us face-to-face with our mortality and makes us fully aware of daily exposure to danger. This preceved danger can be easily processed by some and more difficult to process by others. The ability to process vulnerability can be related to previous germ phobias, fear of infecting love ones due to your job or exposure risk; these are just a few of the reasons.
Anxiety is a natural response to “danger”. The body releases adrenaline. This adrenaline supply energizes the body and can prevent sleep.
When one is not able to sleep, they may experience:
• Low energy
• Lack of motivation
• Impulsive behaviour
• Anger and aggression
• Mood swings
COVID facts to decrease anxiety
Sometimes not knowing or ‘the unknown’ can lead to worsening fears; or inability to handle a stressful situation. Below are a few facts about SARS-2 Corona Virus (2019); known as COVID-19.
According to the CDC:
A COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time in your community. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend community actions designed to help keep people healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease.
There are several things that are currently being used to reduce exposure and slow the spread of the virus. These interventions include: good handwashing, keep hands away from eyes/nose/mouth, social distancing, and face mask.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person
The development of a vaccine is not a quick process. Multiple stages most be successfully navigated to insure the safety and reliability of any vaccine. If we rush the approval of a vaccine, we only guarantee that we get stuck and injected with some fluid. At the time of writing this blog post, there are about 100 vaccines or treatments being developed in labs around the world.
Is bleach an effective cleaning agent for the coronavirus disease?
According to the CDC: Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water.
Are masks effective against the coronavirus disease?
In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
To be clear and completely transparent, wearing the face mask can be confusing to some people. This confusion is based on guidance and the fact that there are two different types of mask.
N95 grade mask or higher is meant to protect the person wearing the mask from their environment. These mask should be reserved for Healthcare providers and First Responders.
Surgical mask and cloth mask are meant to protect the people around you. These mask are simply a barrier device to prevent the projection of your respiratory droplets.
Can the coronavirus disease spread through food?
Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. Currently, there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds for general food safety.
Is the coronavirus disease more severe than the flu?
COVID-19 causes more severe disease than seasonal influenza.
While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.
Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far less than 1% of those infected.
These percentage numbers are only estimates and can be scary, but only tells part of the story. The flu virus is not followed patient by patient like COVID and the final numbers of those infected and those who will die are incomplete. The anxiety of hearing such numbers and seeing public interventions can often times result in sleepless nights. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help to solve this issue.
What is cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia?
Cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of insomnia has been used in cases where people have trouble falling asleep and maintaining that sleep. Cognitive therapy is now used before sleeping pills are considered.
What exactly is CBTI?
Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is a treatment program that is made up of 4-6 sessions and aids in helping people who suffer insomnia. CBTI has been scientifically proven as an effective way to cure insomnia without the need for sleeping medication. The directed therapy helps you gain skills that can be used if insomnia comes back later on as people can see it come back later on in their life. A trained medical professional has the skills to treat the various sleeping disorders with much success in treating insomnia. The therapy can be given by a psychiatrist, psychologist and other types of doctors depending on the cause and individual problems.
What can you expect from CBTI?
The CBTI program goes from 4-6 different sessions with a trained specialist. The sessions are either weekly or bi-weekly and can range in time from half an hour to a full hour. The doctor will monitor your progress by using sleep logs. There will be feedback and guidance in order to help you advance towards the main goal.
Can it benefit you?
Whether you have short or long-term insomnia or whether you have a medical condition causing insomnia CBTI can effectively help to cure it. There are individualised programs that are specific for each individual and their sleeping problems. Each person has their own set of goals they wish to get out of the program from improving daytime fatigue, sleeping right through the night and falling asleep without the need for medication.
With the high success rates that CBTI has shown it is definitely something that all insomnia sufferers should try before anything else.
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Tea: Use one teaspoon of tea mixture in one cup of water
Passionflower (1 part or teaspoon): High safety ratings, research support for anxiety, insomnia, racing heart, and spasmodic pain.
Holy basil (2 parts or teaspoons): Caution in diabetics. Research support for stabilizing blood sugar, lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Green tea (3 parts or teaspoons): Antioxidant and diuretic. Research support for stabilizing blood sugar, and decrease body fat.