Mental Health & Sleep
Sleep to Reduce Anxiety: The Natural Treatment
We all experience anxiety at some point in our lives and for varying lengths of time. In this post, we’ll talk about how we can use natural remedies like sleep, relaxation exercises, and mindfulness to combat anxiety in our everyday.
How sleep helps combat anxiety
It’s well established that insomnia and anxiety have a mutual relationship. When you don’t get enough sleep, you are more at risk for developing depression and anxiety. Likewise, it has been shown that anxiety amplifies the impact of sleep loss on aversive brain anticipation (overreacting to perceived threats). For these reasons, it’s crucial to get enough rest, even though this can be difficult as stress and anxiety often result in insomnia.
What you can do about anxiety and lack of sleep
If you’re someone who struggles with sleeping because of your busy schedule or if stress keeps you up at night, there are several ways to bring down the...
Nightmares, Night terrors and Sleeplessness
Nightmares and night terrors are the most frightening causes of sleeplessness. Surprising to many, nightmares and night terrors are entirely separate phenomena and occur in different stages of sleep. Nightmares tend to happen during REM sleep, whereas night terrors typically occur earlier before you enter the REM cycle.
Best breathing exercises for sleep
Breathing exercises for sleep are a wonderful, drug-free way to help you fall asleep. When we breathe deeply and calmly, we enter the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us release tension and reach a relaxed state. The effects of breathing exercises on anxiety has been confirmed by a meta analytic study review in 2021. Breathing techniques can also help with blood pressure, stress, and many other things.
How much sleep do I need
We all know that sleep is important. Considering that we spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping, it is relevant to know just how much sleep we need each night in to fully recover and thrive.