- Behavioral therapy
The therapist assists the patient in adopting a healthy lifestyle to alleviate the disorder’s symptoms. The intervention may include discussing a balanced diet menu, regular sleep-wake time cycles, and coping mechanisms for anxiety.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy enables people to confront and control overthinking to relax the brain. Therapy empowers a person with skills to positively manage irrational cognitive processes.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I)
As it comes from its name, CBT-I focuses on helping you modify the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to developing sleep problems. It may include stimulus control, sleep restriction, and other techniques.
- Exposure therapy
If the patient’s insomnia is caused by anxiety disorders, exposure therapy can help. It allows one to face their fears in a safe environment and reduces the emotional response to the triggers.
The doctor might prescribe anxiety or insomnia medication when the anxiety disorder is extreme and does not get better with psychotherapy. The doctor will evaluate the patient to establish the type of antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds, or insomnia drugs effective for his or her condition.
Anxiety and sleep disorders are two bidirectional and correlated mental conditions. Either of the disorders can precede the other. They can affect one’s ability to fall asleep or stay asleep at night. The lack of adequate sleep hampers a person’s physical, emotional, and psychological functions. It is crucial, therefore, for a person to get treatment and learn the skills needed to get adequate sleep every night.