Anxiety is a toxic cycle. It makes getting to sleep and staying asleep difficult. What’s more, it becomes a source of worry itself.
Insomnia is co-morbid with anxiety and depression. It’s hard to tell which comes first. Anxiety makes it harder to sleep and lack of sleep makes people more anxious.
Take time every day to unwind. Even if you’re busy, you need to find ways to cope with stress like deep breathing.
Studies have shown the benefits of expressing gratitude, from increased productivity to happiness and sleep. Think of things you’re grateful for every night.
Your bed should be used for sleep and sex – not worry! We suggest going into another room to do something mundane, like folding laundry.
If you start thinking about the things you need to do, stop the thoughts by writing down what you want to remember. This will help keep your mind at ease.
Dr. Fran Walfish, family and relationship psychotherapist
Constant noise can distract an anxious mind, shifting the focus away from troubling thoughts.
Keep a notebook by your bed to jot down any worries. The act of recording them can zap their power.
If anxiety disrupts your sleep, seek support and talk to your doctor about possible solutions.