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3 Ways to Sleep Better When You Have Anxiety

If you are lying awake at night worrying about your problems, your mental health, and physical health will suffer. If it happens for a prolonged period of time, you are not alone. Approximately 1 in 4 American adults are suffering from a mental health problem. There are also about 56.8 million visits to the doctor’s office or emergency rooms every year because of a mental health problem. 

It is common to not be able to sleep when you are struggling with anxiety or emotional issues. Become proactive about this, andย view moreย ways to sleep better when you have anxiety or mental health concerns.

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Understand Sleep Cycles

There are two different kinds of sleep stages. One is the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase where we are dreaming. In this state, our heart rate and body temperature are very close to what it is when we are awake.

The other stage of sleep is a more quiet sleep. In this state, our body is more relaxed and our breathing is slower. Our body temperature drops slightly, and this is why we are cold when we are sleeping. This is the healthiest stage of sleep, which is why we don’t spend too much time in REM every night. We may cycle in and out of REM, but we don’t stay there all night, or we won’t feel rested.

To get better sleep, understanding this will help. Focus more on activities that can help you to sleep and stay in this more quiet state for as long as you can every night. This will help your overall physical wellness considerably.

Don’t Eat or Drink Before Bed

This sounds almost too obvious, but drinking or eating anything initiates the metabolic process which puts your body to work. To digest something, your body needs energy. Some of that it gets from what you consumed, and some of that it gets from your internal stores.

When the factory is working, it will be harder to sleep, or fall asleep and stay asleep. Try and avoid eating or drinking about one hour before bedtime.

Work Out

When you have a day when there is more physical activity, you will sleep better. This consumes energy stores as well, and it does so throughout most of the day that you work out. Don’t work out right before you go to bed, as your body will be busy processing that while you try and fall asleep.

Instead, get activity in during the day so that you feel more tired when you go to bed.

Talk to a Doctor

If you are dealing with sleep troubles that you think may be caused by emotional distress, talk to a doctor. If you aren’t able to sleep well, every single facet of your life is going to be impacted. Your eating habits will change, your work life will be strained, and your relationships may suffer. All of these things may already be happening, and that may be why you are not sleeping. It’s a cycle that can be stopped with the help of some counseling or mental health help. You are not alone. If changing some lifestyle factors doesn’t work, book an appointment to talk to someone that can help you get to sleep.

Krystal | Sunny Sweet Days
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