A common symptom for someone suffering from an anxiety disorder is problems with sleep. When we don’t get enough sleep, our mood can be affected. It can create depression in the worst cases, and often simple irritability can result. When we sleep, a number of critical things happen, and not getting enough sleep can prevent that. The different stages of sleep all contribute to leaving us not just well rested, but also full of energy and better able to process memory.
Treating anxiety can often include trying to treat the sleep problems. There are some simple measures that can be tried, and some others might include your doctor to attempt. For starters, set a schedule for when you wake and lay down every day. A regular pattern of sleep can help guide your body into keeping to it. Sunlight and exposure to it is very important in maintaining a healthy and natural cycle of sleep. At least half an hour daily can be enough to support this. Regular exercise is also helpful when it comes to helping the body regulate its need for sleep.
If naps are taken, make sure they’re short so as to not affect your need for sleep once night comes. Staying away from caffeine can be helpful, as caffeine can linger in the body for quite some time. And if all else fails, consult your doctor; he or she may have some medications that could offer relief.
If anxiety is interfering with your rest, here are some easy tips to help get some sleep. #HealthStatus
- 1Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
- 2Exercise regularly (but not too close to bedtime). An afternoon workout is ideal.
- 3Keep naps short – less than an hour – and forgo napping after 3 p.m.
See the original at: https://www.health.harvard.edu/anxiety/tips-for-a-better-nights-sleep
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