The fact that it is difficult to fall asleep with vegetative-vascular dystonia is well known. Almost all patients are too sensitive and receptive to sleep well. Many of them fall asleep quickly only after severe physical fatigue or if they had not slept during the previous night.
Insomnia – a Consequence of the Rich Imagination?
Taking sleeping pills, tossing and turning in bed, mentally keeping score – all this is familiar to patients with VVD. Many patients even got used to the fact that before they fall asleep, they have to spend a few hours alone with their thoughts. Patients with VVD think and worry too much, that’s why insomnia often haunts such people. Insomnia due to panic attacks is quite a common phenomenon.
Lack of sleep is very exhausting for a person. It is especially difficult for those who have to work or study early in the morning. Going to bed at night, they are worried that they will not be able to sleep fully, and during the day they will be tormented by a feeling of weakness. As a result, they cannot fall asleep because of the strong excitement about the coming day. In some cases, insomnia can bring people to the point that they begin to hate their bed, afraid of the night and darkness. With the onset of the evening, such individuals become irritable, fussy and worried. Obsessive thoughts, irrational anxiety and fear – these are the main opponents of a full sleep. There are also other symptoms of vegetative-vascular dystonia that impede normal sleeping:
- high blood pressure;
- tachycardia, rapid pulse;
- frequent urination;
- body shiver;
- fever or chills;
- pain and spasms in various parts of the body;
- numbness of limbs;
- shortness of breath;
- nausea, problems with the gastrointestinal tract.
Taking into account that all these manifestations are also a consequence of unstable mentality, we can come to the conclusion that insomnia due to anxiety disorder is always the result of a negative inner attitude and negative thoughts.
How to Fall Asleep with VVD?
Many patients with VVD suffering from insomnia use sleeping pills. This method really helps, and people fall asleep. However, only few patients think about what price they will have to pay for this “artificial” sleep. After prolonged use of such drugs, it becomes more and more difficult to sleep without them. Sooner or later the body gets used to a certain dose of the drug and in the future begins to demand its increase. It should be noted that with taking sleeping pills, a person puts himself in a much more difficult position, deprives himself of the opportunity to try to sleep naturally.
In case of insomnia due to panic attacks, all the patient needs to plunge into quiet dreams is a lack of anxiety and a good mood at least just before going to bed. However, in some cases, even positive emotions can cause insomnia in VVD. The thing is that people with vegetative-vascular dystonia are too emotional not only in situations of stress. Joy can also bring excessive excitement. Therefore, inner peace is the main condition for normal sleep. If you cannot ease yourself from the negative thoughts, try the following tips:
- Massage. Simple exercises that should be performed for about 5 minutes could help you to relax. Experts advise to massage your face and fingertips, stretch your palms with light movements before going to bed.
- Sedatives. Herbal teas or drugs such as Motherwort and Valerian can help to fall asleep.
- Hydrotherapeutic procedure. Warm baths with the essential oils have a relaxing effect.
It is not recommended to watch TV or use your computer before going to bed. Movies, games and social networks can bring too strong emotions to a person with unstable psyche. Being in an excited state, a person sometimes cannot sleep even after taking a sedative. As for music, it is recommended to listen to quiet, relaxing melodies before going to bed. Sometimes, reading a book with a light plot or a quiet conversation with a person who causes positive emotions help to sleep.
Everyone knows how important it is to have a good sleep. Insomnia due to anxiety disorder is a symptom that can turn a person’s life into a real nightmare. If you cannot cope with anxiety and negative thoughts on your own, you should contact a psychotherapist. Neglected symptoms of VVD can eventually lead to the development of serious mental disorders.