How do I treat insomnia due to anxiety?
The first treatment that experts typically recommend for insomnia, even when it is due to anxiety, is cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). Learning how to form better sleep habits may also help. Some people choose to take medications for insomnia, but these can lead to side effects and be habit-forming.
Anxiety can cause insomnia, and lack of sleep can trigger or worsen anxiety. Treating your anxiety can also help you have a better quality of life during your sleeping and waking hours. Things to try include:
- Meditation or relaxation exercises
- Getting more physical activity
- Talk therapy
- Group therapy or support groups
- Learning how to better manage stress
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Dr. Colleen Ehrnstrom is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty practice in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Areas of expertise include insomnia and other sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression.
Dr Ehrnstrom is the co-author of the book End the Insomnia Struggle: A Step by Step Guide to Help you Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep which offers a comprehensive, personalized sleep program that integrates the physiology of sleep, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).