Anxiety Sleep Secrets
Sleep offers a chance to switch off from all the stress and anxiety of life. But for anxious people, when all they want to do is have a few hours respite from the barrage of worry, they find themselves tossing and turning all night caught up in even more worry. They find themselves continuously eyeing the alarm clock wondering if they’ll actually get some sleep.
If you suffer with sleepless nights, with streams of worry stopping you from drifting off, then you’ll know when you wake up in the morning you’re even more tired in the morning, and even more anxious. Now you’re really on edge. And when you try to get to sleep the following night anxiety and worry thoughts are sky high. Now not only are you bogged down by the day-to-day worries you find you are now anxious and worried about your sleep itself.
You find yourself stuck in a anxiety - no sleep rut. Each making the situation worse and worse. The key to breaking that cycle is of course getting to sleep or reducing anxiety, which for many people is easier said than done.
Many anxiety sufferers turn to sleeping pills to fix the problem. Sure they will provide some anxiety relief, but ultimately they can end up doing more harm than good. Firstly, as with most things in life, you don’t get something for nothing -- many people feel very groggy in the morning after they take sleep medication. Secondly, your own natural ability to sleep properly becomes diminished. This means you can become dependant on pills just to function normally. But there are much healthier anxiety reducing ways to get good anxiety reducing sleep...
An age old remedy is good old fashioned exercise. Exercise increases "sleep pressure." The higher your sleep pressure levels the more easily you will fall asleep and the deeper you will sleep. Exercise does this by causing your body temperature to increase during the day. The result of this is as you approach sleep, your body temperature drops a little more than normal. When this happens sleep becomes easier and deeper. Not too mention that exercise in itself has a direct and powerful counter effect to worry.
Another powerful method inducing easier and deeper sleep is via light exposure. When your light and more importantly eyes are exposed to enough light this has the effect of resetting internal biological rhythms. These rhythms regulate many hormones including those which help you sleep at night. Just twenty minutes of exposure to sunlight on a bright day can be enough, But if getting outdoors isn’t practical then you can invest in a "light box." This an electrical device that quite simply emits light of enough quality to mimic the effects of natural light.
Of course you could kill two birds with one stone and take a jog in the bright morning light. This method almost guarantees a peaceful night’s sleep for most people. When this happens suddenly anxiety becomes less of a burden.
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