Your state of mind plays a significant role in the quality and amount of sleep you’re able to achieve at night. Anxiety during the day can translate into sleep problems during the night, only compounding the stress you feel upon waking up the next morning.
Mental Effects of Anxiety
There are numerous studies linking anxiety disorders to sleep disorders—people who have a difficult time clearing their minds during the day also struggle to get restful sleep at night. People who are able to clear and quiet their minds have better chances of falling asleep quickly and staying asleep all night long. Conversely, those whose minds are running in circles because of stress or worry can find it difficult to fall asleep and often do not get restful sleep once they have. This can lead to further feelings of stress upon waking, which only adds to daily anxiety and creates a cycle of anxiety and insomnia that can be difficult to break.
Physical Effects of Anxiety
Clearing your mind may only be the first step in achieving more restful sleep. Anxiety can manifest in many ways, including muscle tension and heightened levels of cortisol, a stress hormone your body produces. Muscle tension or pain can also make it difficult to fall asleep because of discomfort, causing tossing and turning as you try to find a comfortable position. Heightened levels of cortisol are meant to keep the brain and body alert in order to aid the “fight or flight” reaction, but this also makes it extremely difficult to relax your body and mind to achieve restful sleep.
If you’re having trouble achieving a full night’s sleep and are experiencing high levels of stress during the day, Comfort Sleep can help you achieve the balance you need for restful sleep and reduced stress. We can help you break the cycle of insomnia and anxiety for a healthier and happier lifestyle. Learn more on our website or call (732) 455-3030.