The comprehensive article below addresses the full range of symptoms that generate anxiety. While the article is titled, “What to know about waking up with anxiety” it is broader than that. It is critical to address chronic anxiety because the release of stress hormones usually has a destructive impact on the body. Research has been linked it to certain forms of cancer and stroke. Reference: WebMD 

The article has several things that a person can do to reduce the destructive impact of stress hormones on the body; exercise, avoiding alcohol and other drugs, practicing meditation to name a few.  While medication is sometimes indicated, a talking therapy is usually the best approach to address the root causes of chronic anxiety.

Here is an excerpt:

There are many possible causes of a person waking up with anxiety, including stress from work, school, or relationships issues. Although it is common to wake up feeling anxious from time to time, if a person experiences it frequently, they may have generalized anxiety disorder.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a condition that causes uncontrollable and excessive worrying that affects a person’s everyday life. GAD may cause a person to wake up due to anxiety or have difficulty falling or staying asleep.


Common symptoms of GAD include:

  • nervousness or worry
  • feeling restless, on edge, or wound up
  • finding it difficult to concentrate
  • fatigue
  • frequent panic attacks
  • irritability

GAD and other anxiety disorders can develop over time. In most cases, several ongoing circumstances lead to a person developing a form of anxiety. People with a history or family history of anxiety may be more at risk than others, but it is possible for anyone to develop anxiety.

Source: Waking up with anxiety: 7 possible causes