According to Harvard Health Publishing, setting yourself a routine – even on your days off could be key. It says this can help ease some anxiety disorders that may be getting in the way of your sleep. The health body explains: “Many people with anxiety disorders have trouble sleeping.
“That’s a problem. Too little sleep affects mood, contributing to irritability and sometimes depression.
“Vital functions occur during different stages of sleep that leave you feeling rested and energised or help you learn and forge memories.
“Sleep usually improves when an anxiety disorder is treated.
“Practising good ‘sleep hygiene’ helps, too.”
Specifically it recommends going to bed and waking up “at the same time every day” – even on weekends.
Other “sleep hygiene” tips include:
Spend at least 30 minutes outside everyday because daylight helps set sleep patterns.
Exercise regularly, but not too close to bedtime – in the afternoon is best.
Many people experience feelings of anxiety from time to time but others may be dealing with anxiety on a frequent basis, affecting their day to day lives.
The NHS says anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including:
- Panic disorder
- Phobias, such as agoraphobia or claustrophobia
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Social anxiety disorder (social phobia).
It adds: “Although feelings of anxiety at certain times are completely normal, see a GP if anxiety is affecting your daily life or causing you distress.”