These are stressful times we are living in. Worries and concerns may be keeping you up at night, too. And lack of sleep can just contribute to your anxiety.
Studies show that even a slight decrease in sleep can trigger elevated anxiety the following day.
It’s a vicious cycle. Poor sleep and anxiety are deeply connected. When we are anxious sleep is disturbed and when our sleep is disturbed we become anxious.
But if lack of sleep is one of the causes of anxiety, the good news is the antidote is just the opposite. A full night’s sleep can bring a sense of calm to you the next day. In fact, one study offers that better sleep could decrease one’s need for anti-anxiety medication.
Less worry? Less Anxiety? That sounds pretty good, right? Here’s your challenge … chances are you may have more time with activities and events being cancelled, but instead of spending an excessive amount of time reading about or talking about things that only worry you more, make it a point to rest and sleep more.
**Eric has his Masters in Counseling and when not on B105.7, works as a private practice counselor.**
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