Feeling worried, anxious, or nervous is a normal part of everyday
life. Everyone frets or feels anxious from time to time. But anxiety that
is overwhelming and interferes with daily life is not normal. When you are
anxious, you may have both physical and emotional symptoms.
Physical symptoms of anxiety include:
Trouble sleeping or a change in your sleep
Trembling, twitching, or shaking.
tension, aches, or soreness.
Breathlessness or rapid heartbeat.
cold, clammy hands.
Nausea, vomiting, or an upset
Emotional symptoms of anxiety include:
Feeling keyed up and on
Excessive worrying or fearing that something bad is going to
Inability to concentrate, to remember, or to make
Excessive startle response, irritability, or
If you are having ongoing sleep problems, consider whether you may be
more anxious than normal. If feelings of anxiety are causing your sleep
problems, work with your doctor to develop a plan to decrease your
anxiety and promote sleep.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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