Worry is the most common cause of chronic insomnia and is a significant contributing factor for up to eighty percent of people with insomnia. What to do When You Worry too Much?
The most troublesome type of worry is the unstoppable mental activity that involves going over and over again when you are trying to sleep. Due to the pressures and stresses associated with busy lives, some people find it difficult to stop thinking, that make there sleep problems chronic in nature.
For people suffering from chronic insomnia, worry is certainly causing and maintaining the problem to some degree.
What Causes Worry ?
Worry can be associated with almost anything. Most of the worries are a result of problems associated with work, finances or relationships. Worry is also related to poor health or illness, failure to achieve a target or goal, facing difficulties in meeting deadlines or completing assignments and projects.
It doesn’t matter what you are worrying about, worry will almost certainly disrupt your sleep. The problem here is to deal with worry, rather than a lack of sleep.
Some people are prone to worry, while others stay relaxed and calm in the face of what appear to be similar situations of stress and strains.
There are a range of reasons that explain why some people worry and why others don’t :
- Some theories refer to genetic and/or hereditary factors, arguing that some people are simply born worriers.
- Worry depends on personality too as some people are more prone to worry than others. Each of us is born with different temperament and our personalities are determined from birth. People who worry are more likely to come from families that worry.
Regardless of the various contributions made by the above factors, it is interesting that not all members of a family worry.
Even identical twins, with same genetic make-up do not always experience equal level of stress and anxiety.
The most important factor that makes the difference between people who worry and who do not, is thinking. Thinking, is a crucial determinant of the amount of distress different people experience at different times.
In some cases, you may not be as obvious why you are upset. Sometimes you may feel anxious, yet don’t really know what you are worrying about. You may be just ‘feeling bad’.
Try asking yourself the below mentioned questions in this situation –
- What is it about this situation that concerns me ?
- What does this situation/event mean to me ?
- What’s the worst thing that might happen ?
- What is it about the situation that I am finding so stressful ?