• Can anxiety cause sleep issues?

    Can anxiety cause sleep issues?

    It’s a frustrating routine: Your mind starts racing as soon as your head hits the pillow. You’re thinking about your to-do list, that thing you should (or shouldn’t) have said to your boss, or how expensive your child’s braces are going to be. Then you catch a glimpse of the clock, and realize how late it already is. At some point it’s hard to tell whether you’re having trouble sleeping because you’re anxious, or you’re anxious because you can’t sleep. The answer may be both. It’s a two-way street: Stress and anxiety can cause sleeping problems, or worsen existing ones. But lack of sleep can also cause an anxiety disorder. At NEX Wellness, we offer a variety of different natural approaches to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. In this blog, we take a look at a few natural ways that you can calm your anxiety and improve your sleep. 

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    Try meditation… 

    Learning to quiet your mind can be a helpful skill, both for navigating stressful daytime periods, and for falling asleep at night. If you’ve never tried it, start with as little as a couple minutes of sitting quietly and focusing on your inhale and exhale. You can also explore apps that will help guide you.

    Add exercise into your daily routine… 

    Regular exercisers fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. In fact, even a single moderate-intensity workout, like a brisk walk, can improve sleep among people with chronic insomnia.

    Take wind down time… 

    A healthy bedtime routine allows your body and mind time to slow down before lights out. Take at least half an hour to play quiet music, take a bath, or read a book.

    Refrain from lying in bed awake… 

    If you can’t fall asleep for more than 20 minutes, give yourself a do-over. Get up, keeping the lights low, and do something relaxing (and ideally sleep-inducing). Have a cup of herbal tea and read a book. But avoid screens: The light that they emit can signal to your brain that it’s time to wake up.

    Steer clear of activities that can induce stress before bed… 

    Leave the bill paying for earlier in the day, stay away from heated social media exchanges, and skip the evening news.

    There are many factors that can contribute to anxiety, which leads to sleep disorders. If you are dealing with anxiety and a lack of sleep in your life, then natural interventions from NEX Wellness could greatly benefit you. Click here to find our contact information or to speak with a NEX Wellness representative.  

     

     

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