Hyperarousal and How it Can Cause Insomnia


November 12, 2023 3 MIN READ


Hyperarousal and How it Can Cause Insomnia

Are you constantly worried and anxious, feeling a burden of guilt or shame, and enduring a lack of sleep? That feeling of unease may indicate your insomnia is the result of hyperarousal.

What is hyperarousal, and how can you deal with it?

Read on to learn more about hyperarousal, how to fall asleep faster, and how to remedy your insomnia.

What Is Hyperarousal?

Hyperarousal is a condition where we are more wary and guarded and is typically the result of our brain perceiving danger, eliciting the fight or flight response. The impact is the same whether the threat is real or perceived: you can’t sleep.

Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) is a familiar form of this condition linked to a traumatic event that imposes graphic flashbacks of that occurrence and hyperarousal.

Today’s fast-paced, 24/7, staccato-like lifestyle only adds to these problems.

Other symptoms of hyperarousal include:

  • Mood Swings
  • Panic Attacks
  • A Short Fuse
  • Self-Destructive Behavior
  • Feeling Emotionally Numb

There are many more uncomfortable and damaging beliefs, habits, and behaviors with this issue, essentially the manifestation of our fight or flight response that keeps us from sleep.

Hyperarousal Insomnia

A psychological malady, hyperarousal insomnia triggers our body to respond to mere emotions and thoughts as if they are actual threats requiring immediate attention and causing our body to remain highly vigilant, which leads to poor sleep.

That lack of sleep creates more stress, fostering a self-perpetuating cycle that exacerbates the situation and makes rest seem impossible.

How to Break Hyperarousal To Restore Sleep

Sometimes it can feel like overcoming insomnia requires significant effort and commitment to achieve a successful outcome. However in reality it can be very simple. Once you identify the underlying thoughts and beliefs that keep you in the hyperarousal loop the next step is to meet these thoughts and beliefs with understanding which is actually what we teach our clients to do in our online 8-week insomnia coaching program.

Still, eliminating insomnia is very obtainable. All you need is the right tools, teacher and support.

Natural insomnia remedies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) are science-based and proven practices for moving past the scourge of insomnia. CBTI is the primary and most known treatment method for all insomnia beyond sleeping medication.

This therapy helps individuals to assess and realign their harmful perceptions and beliefs to make them healthier and more positive. And, since insomnia generally results from our thoughts and ideas, methods and techniques for changing our viewpoint are the most effective for eliminating this issue.

However, CBT-I is only one of the many proven, science-based methods and techniques that work well for treating insomnia.

Dealing with insomnia can be exhausting in so many ways. Facing that struggle by yourself can feel impossible and overwhelming. People suffer from insomnia for many reasons, and hyperarousal insomnia can feel like it’s among the most challenging to resolve.

Acquiring proper support can make all the difference in your quest for relief.

Sleep Science Academy’s unique approach

Sleep Science Academy’s unique approach goes way beyond CBT-I with numerous other cutting-edge science-based strategies and tools to create the most comprehensive and successful insomnia program to date.

Dynamic Sleep Recalibration (DSR) combines tools and techniques from CBT-I, positive psychology strategies, mindfulness practices, NPL, sleep coaching, and other successful and established methods and techniques. This extensive menu of science-based strategies allows each client’s holistic health/sleep coach to craft an individual plan to fit their needs and situation.

After all, we are all different, with our particular lifestyles and physiology, making those one-size-fits-all insomnia remedies much less than ideal. The Sleep Science Academy Difference is your best prospect for leaving insomnia behind.

If you struggle to sleep and can’t seem to quiet your racing mind, contact us today and schedule your complimentary sleep consultation.

There is no better time to begin your journey out of insomnia. We are here to help!