Sleeping with Anxiety Written by Best Mattress Reviews
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40 million adults suffer from an anxiety disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder, phobia anxiety, or social anxiety disorder. Affecting 18 percent of the population, they’re the most common mental illness in the U.S.
Anxiety disorders develop from several factors, including brain chemistry and genetics, as well as individual’s personality and life events. While anxiety itself is a normal response that can actually be helpful in certain stressful situations, people with anxiety disorders experience undue amounts of anxiety to the extent that it affects their daily lives.
One of the main symptoms of anxiety disorders is sleep problems. The feelings of fear and anxiety triggered by these disorders activate the sympathetic nervous system. From tensed muscles to a faster heart rate, individuals experience a host of physical reactions that make them feel more awake. It’s tougher to fall and stay asleep, resulting in a vicious cycle where the person has one more thing to be anxious about – not getting enough sleep.
How to Sleep Better
Find ways to relax before you fall asleep and when you wake up in the middle of the night. Practice muscle relaxation and deep breathing exercises. Rely on guided meditation or a white noise machine to calm you. If you do wake up and can’t fall back asleep after 15 minutes, get up and do something low-key in another room, such as reading by a soft lamp. You want to train your mind to view your bed as a place solely for sleeping—not one where you lay awake at night racked with anxiety.
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