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Can't Sleep? Read These 8 Tips That Really Help People With Anxiety Get to Sleep

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My psychiatrist appointments often feature the same question: “Do you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep?” That’s because, if you live with anxiety, you likely struggle with your sleep patterns every now and then.

Whether you experience the occasional bout of insomnia, sleep disruptions like nightmares and waking up constantly,  or you lie awake every night, staring at the clock, disrupted sleep can have a knock-on effect on your mental health.

For example, according to Sleep Foundation, “Sufficient sleep, especially REM sleep, facilitates the brain’s processing of emotional information.” In fact, it’s not only that anxiety affects sleep, but sleep also has a “bidirectional relationship with mental health,” meaning poor sleep can worsen the symptoms of anxiety and other mental disorders.

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