Those of us with anxiety disorders know a thing or two about sleep deprivation. The anxiety itself can keep us awake, with thoughts racing out of control. Or, we may fear the dreaded night panic attack. I recently went through Klonopin withdrawal, and my sleep was very poor for several weeks.
You may have tried chamomile tea to help you sleep. Chamomile tea has been proven to aid in relaxation and has a slight sedative effect. My dear friend Daria who suffers from occasional panic attacks has a slightly different way to drink chamomile tea that she absolutely swears by. It’s simple and has no side effects, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Here it is:
Take 3 bags of chamomile tea and place in boiling water. Allow to steep for a good few minutes. Do not add sugar or sugar substitute to the tea. You can add a little milk or leave it plain. Once cooled, drink the entire concentrated 6 ounces. And then go have sweet dreams. Simple, yes?
As with many things, the more you take it, the less effective it will be. So use this concentrated chamomile drink maybe 2 or 3 times a month at most. On other nights you have difficulty sleeping, try alternating between valerian or melatonin supplements. (Again with supplements, only use occasionally or they won’t work either.)
Sleep is essential to feeling good, especially for people who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. Lack of sleep increases anxious feelings and can leave you vulnerable to having panic attacks. So the next time you are determined to try to get a good night’s sleep, try the concentrated chamomile tea drink. Let me know how it goes.
I wish you peace,