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    Hayleywobser
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    I’m struggling to get my body of the anxious fight or flight mode when trying to sleep. My brain is tired, by eyes are tired but my body is pumping full of energy. How do I “relax” this fight or flight mode?

    #53558

    Scott
    Mentor

    Hi @hayleywobser,

    Welcome! What you’re experiencing with fight or flight symptoms isn’t unusual. With sleep, the more you try to fix the issue, the more difficult sleep becomes. It doesn’t reward all that hard work you put into achieving a good night’s sleep, and in fact, it heightens your awareness of the issue. Do you think what you’re going through could be generated by sleep-related anxiety?

    Scott

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    #53560

    Hayleywobser
    ✘ Not a client

    Yes! I absolutely think it’s sleep anxiety related. I was on a medicine that caused insomnia. I stopped the meds but the insomnia is still here. It’s all in my head. I was a great sleeper before this all started 5 weeks ago. I’m most defiantly obsessing about sleep and it’s making me anxious.

    #53565

    Scott
    Mentor

    The struggle with our thoughts can certainly be frustrating and discouraging! It’s natural for most people to try avoiding or controlling our thoughts when they arrive because they’re uncomfortable and stressful but, in reality, we simply can’t control our thoughts. The more we push them away, the more frequent and stronger they usually return. It’s not really the thought itself that’s the issue though, it’s believing the thought when it arrives that creates our suffering. Although we can’t control our thoughts, we can control our actions toward them! Do you think it’d be beneficial to simply allow those thoughts to exist without trying to struggle or fight with them? What if we viewed them as ocean waves and realize that some are stronger than others but they will continue to splash ashore? I wonder if changing your relationship with them could allow you to end the struggle with them?

    Hoping that helps!
    Scott

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    #53576

    Hayleywobser
    ✘ Not a client

    Yes, that makes sense. With any anxiety you have to let it be there. Same with sleep anxiety I guess. Just let allow it but don’t engage and it will slowly become less and less. Thank you

    #53578

    Scott
    Mentor

    You said it better than I! Good luck!

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