July 17, 2020
Why Anxiety Prevents You From Falling Asleep
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Your heart’s beating like a racehorse and you’re gasping for air. Beads of sweat break from your pores and trickle across your skin. Your stomach’s in a twist and your mind is either shouting garbled nonsense or filled with cotton balls.
Sound familiar? These are among the most common symptoms of anxiety. About 31 percent of adults in America will experience anxiety at some point in their life, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
In addition to interfering with your daily life, anxiety can make sleeping seem like an impossibly arduous task. But… why?
Fortunately, Vanessa O. of Sleepopolis is here to explain the ins and outs of anxiety-induced insomnia.
“Sleep deprivation can affect mood regulation and psychological functioning, triggering or exacerbating anxiety,” she writes in her article. “Poor sleep can also impact the ability to function at work or school, and increase the risk of vehicle and workplace accidents.”
Anxiety evokes a response in the nervous system that makes it difficult to fall asleep, Vanessa explains. However, not all hope is lost. There are different relaxation techniques that can help you finally get a good night’s sleep.
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