Every year, anxiety disorders affect 18% of the population. Studies have shown that if you don’t get sufficient sleep, you are more likely to have problems with stress and anxiety. The good news is that anxiety is treatable and there are many natural, holistic ways to help you get a good night’s sleep. Here are some simple ways to help you get some valuable rest, and wake up feeling refreshed.
Take Sleep Support
Taking a natural sleep support supplement daily, a couple of hours before bedtime, can improve your sleep and help you to feel calm and well-rested when you wake up. Ingredients include chamomile, which is a natural sedative. You can take it without a feeling of brain fog or hangover in the morning. Valerian is also an active ingredient in sleep support drops. It is a tall grassland plant and is commonly used to treat insomnia, but is also good for anxiety. Vitamin B6 is included in sleep support supplements, as research has shown that a B6 deficiency leads to sleep disturbances.
Practice Daily Meditation
Mindfulness meditation that focuses on breathing techniques and relaxation is proven to help with anxiety. A study on 93 people with anxiety found that after meditation, all of them reported reduced levels of stress and anxiety and were able to deal with stress better. Before bedtime every evening, spend 10-15 minutes practicing meditation. It is an essential time of calm that can lower your blood pressure and heart rate, giving you a sense of wellbeing. There are many apps available on smartphones that can help you through guided meditation sessions.
Make your bedroom restful
The bedroom is a place for sleep, and it is important that you make this environment as calm and peaceful as possible. Declutter, and try and make sure that the room is tidy. Make sure that you block out any unnatural sources of light - even the standby lights on electronic devices. These sources of light can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm. You should also limit the use of cellphones and tablets a couple of hours before bedtime. Your bedroom should be kept at a cool temperature, which will help you sleep better.
Improving your sleep is a very simple solution to reducing anxiety. Regularly having a good night’s sleep will give you a sense of wellbeing and also helps you to manage your day-to-day life better.