Are worry-thoughts preventing your restful sleep?

Patients complain about swirling, ruminative, worry-thoughts that haunt them preventing restful sleep. Chet Raymo said it best, “I’ve read that the gods…work nine to five. At night we are on our own.” At night we are without our daytime world of distractions.

At night when everything quiets down in the external, world, we are left with what lies underneath the surface—that which is unsettled and frightening. These are the things that make us feel out of control. Relationship discord, a medical issue, or fear of losing a job, these are the demons of the night.

Perhaps the best we can do, as the dawn arrives, is to recognize that these insecurity-driven issues need to be addressed and not left buried for tomorrow night’s anxieties. How? By recognizing that we have a choice—to pay less attention to what insecurity has to say. Don’t be passive, day or night, take charge of your thoughts. One thought at a time!

#sleepdisturbance #anxiety #depression

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