Maladaptive Daydreaming: Does Daydreaming Lead to Sleeping Problems?

Maladaptive Daydreaming: Does Daydreaming Lead to Sleeping Problems? daydreaming
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Today, I’ll be addressing the impact of maladaptive daydreaming on sleep quality. People often mention they can’t sleep well or tend to daydream before sleep, so let’s explore how it truly affects sleep. When you’re about to sleep, being in a relaxed state triggers daydreaming.

Your mind perceives the inactivity as boredom, allowing underlying emotions like anxiety and stress to surface. This leads to daydreaming, as the mind copes with these overwhelming feelings. For individuals struggling with sleep, this process can result in extended periods of daydreaming before actual sleep occurs.

The connection between being a prolific daydreamer and experiencing sleep difficulties lies in the mind’s tendency to bring up unresolved emotions and stressors when attempting to rest.

Daydreaming becomes a favored coping mechanism, similar to how some people might have a drink before sleep. However, daydreaming doesn’t equate to relaxation; the mind remains active, processing thoughts. The confusion arises when individuals think daydreaming contributes to improved sleep quality. In reality, it diminishes sleep quality by diverting hours away from actual rest.

If you find yourself waking up tired, anxious, or fatigued despite thinking you had a good night’s sleep due to daydreaming, it indicates that daydreaming is not a solution.

Daydreaming is a symptom, and the real issues lie in the underlying causes triggering excessive daydreaming. To truly enhance sleep quality, addressing these root causes is essential. Recognize that daydreaming is not managing your sleep; it’s a diversion from managing the underlying issues.

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Edwin Bii

I'm Edwin Bii, a trained advanced conversational hypnotherapist (ACH) and Mind Shifting Coach from Kenya offering mental health support, and life coaching to help you crush your goalsand overcome your problems. Together, we'll navigate challenges, build self-awareness, and create a happier, healthier you. Let's unlock your potential.

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