How to get to sleep faster if you have anxiety issues

Do you lose sleep because you struggle with anxiety? Do you wake up in the middle of the night, worrying? There are many prescription medications for anxiety, including Cymbalta, Lexapro, Effexor, Xanax, Paxil, and others. But maybe you’re looking for a drug-free treatment for anxiety because you want to avoid the sometimes severe side effects from these powerful psychotropic drugs. Or perhaps you seek out “natural” anxiety remedies because you cannot afford the high price of prescription drugs. These are just two of the reasons why so many people are turning to natural and alternative methods to help with feelings of anxiousness or racing thoughts that keep them awake at night.

Here are just a few of the many non-medical, drug-free treatments for anxiety that you can use each day in order to help you sleep better.

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety

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Hypnosis is clinically proven to reduce anxiety.

Hypnosis has been shown clinically to help healthy people naturally reduce levels of anxiety. Hypnosis is a state of consciousness in which your conscious mind is so focused on something that your subconscious mind becomes very open to suggestion or direction. This is often called a “trance state.” You may have heard of “highway hypnosis” — pulling into your driveway with no memory of how you got there, because you were so focused on what you were going to do when you got home that you were driving on “autopilot.” A hypnotherapist or stress relief hypnosis recording simply puts you into a mild “trance” state purposefully, with the aim of sending powerful hypnotic suggestions to help you reduce worry and stress, cope better and improve sleep.

20+ Minutes of Exercise a Day

Regular exercise will help your body to release “feel good” hormones like oxytocin. This is a great non-medical treatment for those who are suffering from anxiousness and stress. Not only does it help your body deal with anxious feelings, it can help improve your overall fitness levels. And when you work up a good sweat during the day, you may find it easier to fall asleep at night. A healthy body can deal with anxiety much better than an unhealthy body.

Herbal Supplements for Anxiety

There are many herbal supplements that can be used to improve anxiety. Many of them also cause drowsiness, which may help you get to sleep faster. These can be used as an alternative treatment to prescription medications but should never be mixed with prescriptions without first talking to your health care provider.

  • Chamomile (tea or supplements)
  • Decaffeinated Green Tea (or L-theanine)
  • Valerian (also works as a sedative)
  • Lemon Balm (tea, capsule, or tincture)
Chamomile, a natural sleep aid and anxiety remedy

Chamomile, a natural sleep aid and anxiety remedy

Sound Healing

Anxiety is related to levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in the brain. Some studies have shown that listening to sounds at particular frequencies can “entrain” the brain to change the levels of neurotransmitters, and reduce the level of anxiety you’re feeling. Other studies have shown that listening to “binaural beats” can reduce anxiety by changing brainwaves related to anxious thoughts.

No matter which non-pharmaceutical “natural” methods you try to treat anxiety, it is very important to consult a pharmacist or healthcare practitioner to be sure they won’t interfere with any other treatments or medications you may be taking. When using natural sleep aids and anti-anxiety treatments, it’s especially important to let your doctor know about them before any kind of anesthesia or surgical procedure. And finally, if you’re already taking a prescription anti-anxiety medication, never abruptly stop without a doctor’s supervision. At least 21 different anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications, including Paxil and Effexor, are known to cause “antidepressant discontinuation syndrome,” a collection of sometimes debilitating withdrawal symptoms.