How to Deal With Sleep Anxiety

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Sleep is a natural act. But that doesn't mean it comes naturally to everyone.

People who suffer from sleep anxiety struggle to get the rest they need and want. As much as they try to fall asleep, racing thoughts keep them awake. Over time, they can come to dread bedtime and to develop anxiety around the act of falling asleep.

Research shows that anxiety disorders lead to poor sleep quality. Meanwhile, sleep deprivation can trigger anxiety.

Sleep anxiety is more common than you think, with more than 50 percent of American adults reporting that anxiety affects their ability to fall asleep. Nighttime anxiety is common because an entire day's worth of stress finally has an opportunity to set in. In addition to thoughts of the past, you may also be anticipating what could lay in store the next day.

This may sound like a no-win situation, but there are ways to combat anxiety at night. Of course, your first stop should always be to your doctor to rule out any underlying issues like a panic disorder. Once you do that, try these tips to keep anxiety before bed at bay.

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Learn more about managing anxiety at our "Anxiety Resource with Tips for Anxiety Relief" page.

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