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

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.

So, sleep is pretty important, right? That’s why we asked our community what helps them sleep better with anxiety. Have a look at their answers, and let us know what helps you in the comments below.

Here’s what our community told us:

1. Writing

“It helps to write it all down — dumping my worries on the page and letting them go.” — @deb44303

“Having a good bedtime routine and making sure I write down or record my thoughts. I also keep a notepad and pen by my bed so that I can write down anything I might be feeling anxious about if I wake up in the middle of the night.” — @chrislynn1

2. Reading and Games

“I read or play Solitaire on my tablet until I get sleepy enough to fall asleep. I try not to stress over what time I fall asleep. Of course, being retired, I don’t have the pressure of having to get to work so there’s that.” — @introvert658

3. Something Physical

“A weighted blanket.” — @pigeonfeather

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