Anxiety is an issue that impacts millions of Americans, of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to making some day-to-day tasks difficult and exhausting, being anxious can also have a negative impact on your sleep. Living with anxiety can be very debilitating and can be difficult to deal with at times.
While it is a struggle, it is thankfully not something you need to deal with for the rest of your life. There are things you can do to get past it, and be able to enjoy a full night of sleep again. In an effort to help you out, this blog post is going to go over some tips for beating anxiety and getting a better sleep.
Get a Better Mattress
Your ability to sleep well is directly tied to the mattress you sleep on. If you are sleeping on an old or lump mattress, it should come as no surprise that you are struggling to get a good night of sleep. If this is the case in your life, consider investing in a better mattress.
Innerspring, memory foam, and latex foam are just some of the many different kinds of mattresses you can buy. The one you get should be both comfortable and supportive, while also working well with your preferred sleeping position.
While anxiety can still keep you up even with a great mattress, the right one can certainly help you stay more relaxed and sleep longer.
Another way to beat anxiety and assist your sleep every night is to maintain a solid level of physical activity. Experts suggest that adults get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, but many will benefit from getting more than that. The reason that exercise helps with things like anxiety and stress is that it changes the chemistry in our brain and releases hormones that can improve our mood.
In addition to helping anxiety, exercise is also great for sleep in general. It can improve the quality of your sleep, help you fall asleep quicker, and enjoy a deeper sleep. While exercising anytime is great, some people prefer to exercise earlier rather than later in the day. If you exercise too late, the adrenaline and energy you often get from doing so can keep you awake.
Get Outside During the Day
Spending some time outside during the day can help us sleep better, too. This is because being out in the daylight can help our sleep patterns. If you get outside during the day, your body will know it’s the day time and this knowledge can help regulate our circadian rhythm (our bodies internal clock). The fresh air is also great for reducing anxiety and stress, as well.
If you stay inside all day in the dark, without any natural light, your body can become confused about when it is time to sleep and time to be awake. In a similar vein, you also want to try and sleep and wake at consistent times so your body can adjust and know whether it should be preparing you to wake up, or sleep.
We hope that these tips have been able to help you beat your anxiety and get a better night sleep to have a more productive and healthy tomorrow.