Overcoming Sleepless Nights and Anxiety

Sleep and Anxiety

In my last post I talked about 7 key best practices for a long and healthy life. Number 3 on that list is getting enough quality restful sleep, which, it  turns out, can have profound effects on your state of mind. According to new research out of UC Berkeley, a sleepless night can trigger a 30% increase in anxiety levels.

The Study

Researchers showed study participants emotionally stirring video clips after a night of full sleep and after a sleepless night.  After a sleepless night, brain scans showed decreased activity of the medial prefrontal cortex, which usually would keep anxiety in check, along with over-activity of the brain’s emotional centers.

After a night of sleep, similar measurements were taken, showing a decrease in anxiety levels, especially those who experienced more slow-wave NREM (non-REM) sleep.

Takeaways & Tips

If you’ve ever had anxiety, you know that it can keep you up at night.  This doesn’t bode well for your anxiety levels, so it’s important to break the cycle.  A good night of restorative sleep may be enough to mitigate your symptoms, and consistent restful sleep may be sufficient treatment.

In addition to the tips from our recent article.  If you’re still having trouble falling asleep some natural sleep aids such as chamomile tea, melatonin, or CBD might be worth trying. Schedule an appointment with us, and we will determine the best ways to optimize your diet, lifestyle, and supplementation to promote a night of restful sleep.

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