You turn out the lights. You lay back on your pillow. You close your eyes. And then it starts. Your brain kicks into high gear, and your anxiety comes out to play.
Insomnia and anxiety are frequently reported together. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 54% of adults with anxiety said that they were stressed about falling asleep at night. A further 52% of men and 42% of women with anxiety said that a lack of sleep affected their performances the next day. Sleep disorders and anxiety are so interlinked, that scientists often compare the two to the chicken and the egg.
Sleep disorders can cause anxiety, and anxiety can cause sleep disorders. For many, when they ask their doctors for advice on how to fall asleep fast, the answer is often medication-based. This can lead to an unhealthy dependence on sleeping pills, that may come with unpleasant side effects.
If you’re struggling with falling asleep, there are holistic alternatives to sleeping pills. I have previously shared some of my favorite tips to fall asleep naturally, and now want to share these 20 science-approved tricks, courtesy of Drömma Bed. Even if you have been prescribed a sleeping aid to help with your anxiety, try using these natural sleep tricks as often as possible to avoid building an immunity to your prescription.
What are your best tips for beating anxiety at bedtime? Share them in the comments!