I sympathise. I too have sleep problems on and off have done for years. Recently i've had constant anxiety for a few days after a bad panic attack I had at 3.30 am. I live alone so I had no-one to help calm me down! I ended calling samaritans which really helped and then a couple of hours later I managed to get to sleep!
It is horrible, I know. Hang in there. :?
Sleep is a very complex process. But making a few life changes can make a world of difference. Not being able to relax, being under constant stress is one of the main reasons people suffer from sleep disoders. Exercise is wonderful to help relieve stress. Not even strenous exercise. Simply taking a daily 30 or 45 minute walk can help tremendously. You should also look into yoga, meditation and breathing exercises.
Yeh,a few years ago,i did get into a bit of walking when I had a couple of anxiety free months,it actually went away and I felt great,i started venturing out of the house a bit and then started on daily walks to the park,everything was going great,then one day I was on my local market doing some shopping with my other half,having a good time,then all of a sudden it came back,the panic attacks came back and hit me from no where,i just made my way home and would`nt go out again for months,now this time the anxiety has stayed for good,that was about 10 months ago,my walks stopped there and then,i`ve not been on a walk again since that day,some days I try to do a bit of cleaning up,even just 10 minutes of that and my heart is pounding,and I have to sit down,i`de love to get well enough to get back to my walks again,but i`m yet to find a break in my anxiety,hopefully soon it may fade out and it will give me a few weeks panic free...But I know they wont go for long,they`ll come back sooner or later...
Yea wheh my anxiety started hard I coulnt go for my waks anymore everytime I owuld go my heart would beat realy fast but then I started slow like 5 minutes that had me outta breeah then 10 now I incorparated some jogging,..Not much juts a bit and I go for these walk10-12 minutes so I odnt over do it.My heart beats fast but it feels good ( exept when you get the thumps or flutter).
As far as doing thing aruond the house yeah me too iw as cleaning up and then I felt kinda outta breath or my herat beating faster even tho common knowlegde dictates that its nrmal with activity ie passing the vaccum and scrubbing I guess were more receptive and feel it more and question it omre.I thought for sure I had heart disease hell I still do.
Im ding talk terapy now and it helped a bit,i was told cognetive behavioral therapy is better and im starting on that thursday hopefully it hepkls as well.
I dont know if you do any but I think its worth a shot
When I first told my doctor last year that i`ve had panic attacks for the last 20 years,he imedietly prescribed me citropramm,and for the imediet relefe ihe also prescribed me diazapam,the diazapam just used to blow my head off,and I i`de usually just sleep all the time,the citropram used to help as in,i would`nt have as many attacks but when I did get one,it was just as bad,and I used to get confused which scared me,then I was took of that,and I was prescribed paroxatine,that had a slight different effect,i used to feel tired and a bit sick,and confused,and had strange dreams,i thought "was it really worth it" ..Anyway,i disided to go it alone,and put up with it...
As for the talk therapy,my doctor said he could arrange for me to have some councilling,but he said it could take up to a year..But its a social type of thing,and that is one of my major problems,agrophobia,and every other social phobia you can think of,i seem to have it all,plus..The other reason I desided not to take it up,is because,the years of panic attacks and anxiety has just totally grinded me down,i just know i`ll them down,i`de probebly only turn up once,then run away and never go back...