This model is a summary of my own personal experience as a patient and the feedback of most of my anxiety friends I have met, no corresponding medical research has been found.
Why does sleepy pattern appear ?
Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms in people with anxiety and depression because the nervous system of the brain is sensitized, the emotional brain is activated, and the sympathetic nerves are abnormally excited, which inevitably leads to problems with sleep.
To overcome anxiety, we need to repair the nerves that have been sensitized or even damaged, and the repair of nerves is slower than the recovery of fractures, which is measured in six months or a year. So do you know in what way the nervous system can be effectively repaired?
The answer is sleep, strictly speaking, deep sleep.
Our body needs to repair other organs and reserve energy, which is also reorganized mainly through rest and sleep.
Anxiety sufferers due to long-term nervous system tension, increased heart rate, and the body is in a stress state, will advance a lot of energy, so it also causes the loss of weight, physical strength decreased significantly, impatience, a sense of unreality, etc. Insomnia itself also intensifies the sense of anxiety, aggravating the nervous system tension, it is a vicious circle.
However, as soon as this state is reversed and you are able to fall asleep on your own, sleep more, become very sleepy or even sleep all day long, it means that you are starting to get out of the stressful state and are not far from healing.
My experience with drowsiness patterns
My sleep problem is not very severe, and I began to have insomnia from the late period of anxiety disorder. I was unable to sleep, even stayed up all night. Finally, I sought medical treatment and took medication until I could not stand it anymore.
2~3 months on medication: able to fall asleep on my own, and sleep more and more days in a week without Valium. Still very energetic during the day.
5 months to 9 months of medication: I started to enter the sleepy period, and it not simply a heavy sleep at night, also sleepy during the day, no matter standing or sitting, and several times in the bus and subway, I could sleep next to the pillars, or sleepy when I was walking, and I had to drink some tea to refresh myself at work, otherwise I could not remain clear-headed. Even if I could sleep for 3 days straight without eating and bathing.
After 9 months of treatment: the drowsiness during the day was reduced, and I slept heavily at night. I felt better during the day and could finish my work normally, but if I was too tired after playing outside, I would be drowsy again; when I encountered mental stimulation or was too tired from brain work, also drowsy again. Anyway, if I encountered something unhappy, I would be drowsy after two or three days.
1 year and 3 months of treatment: I have reduced the medication in half, but I found that my sleepiness pattern does not change with my medication reduction. Still sleepy and drowsy, and when I met mental stimulation and stressful events, I would fall asleep afterwards. But I felt very good and relaxed after I woke up.
Afterwards, no matter what mental stimulation or stressful event is encountered, as long as I get more sleep, I will be fine. Isn't it amazing?
So, I think it’s good for the patient to feel sleepy and drowsy on the way to recovery. Now, I think that sleepiness and drowsiness are the best gifts, as a tool to repair my nerves. Every time I encounter something bad, a slight recurrence of anxiety, I will be more comfortable after a few sleeps.