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The Relationship Between Anxiety And Sleeping Problems Is Deeper Than You Think
Steps to Improve Your Sleep and Reduce Anxiety
- Establish a routine for your sleep. Try setting your alarm to wake you up at the same time every day. Likewise, go to bed at the same time every night. Over time, your body will understand when it’s time to sleep, and when it’s time to be awake and alert.
- Reduce your intake of caffeine. Caffeine is technically a stimulant drug, and it’s one that far too many people abuse. It also has a half-life of around 15 hours, so it can continue to affect some people even long after they’ve finished a cup of coffee. Everyone’s tolerance for caffeine is different, and it’s important to understand your own.
- Reduce your use of electronic screens before bed. Devices like smartphones and tablets emit a type of light that can confuse your brain’s natural ability to distinguish between daylight and nighttime hours. Try to cut off use of electronic screens about one hour before going to sleep.
- Try yoga and meditation. This might sound like hokey, cliché advice to some people who have never tried it. But the fact is that meditation and yoga are proven systems for reducing stress and anxiety that have stood the test of time. Try it out and see what it can do for you.
- Talk to others. Connect with people you trust and who care about you and discuss problems you might be having in your life. Bottling problems up can produce anxiety and tension in your life, and trigger a lot of the problems discussed in this article.
- Objectify your problems. Write them down. The simple act of clearly naming the things that are causing stress in your life will help give you clarity on what you need to do to fix them.
Try these approaches out and see if they don’t make a positive difference in your quality of life during both sleeping and waking hours.
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