If falling asleep has become one of the most challenging parts of your day, you’re not alone. Thousands of people that suffer from anxiety and panic attacks find it very difficult to end their day comfortably and may not be getting enough high quality sleep on a regular basis.
Sleep deprivation not only makes you more irritable and tired the following day, but may also be the reason why you’re experiencing high levels of anxiety on a regular basis.
Fortunately, there are some ways to sleep better tonight, and every night. I talk more about ways to break out of an unhealthy sleep deprivation cycle in my book, Panic Away.
Here are some other ways you can encourage deep sleep and get the much-needed rest you need:
1. Don’t force it. Try and avoid thinking about not being able to sleep when you’re tossing and turning at night, and just relax. Say to yourself “If I sleep I sleep great -if not I will always manage”. Forcing sleep is more than likely to backfire and make you feel more anxious about your situation.
2. Exercise more. Exercising regularly is a proven way to enjoy deeper sleep. Try exercising in the early morning or late afternoon so that it’s easier to wind down near the end of the day.
3. Steer clear of caffeine, alcohol and soft drinks. These substances can compromise the quality of sleep you can enjoy on a regular basis.
4. Practice deep relaxation exercises. Take the time to meditate or do some type of light stretching exercise before bed so that you can induce a state of deep relaxation. This will help you enjoy a better quality of sleep more consistently.
5.Have a warm bath 20 minutes before bed. Add several drops of lavender oil to help your muscles relax.
6. Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Try and go to bed and wake up at the same time so your body adapts to a healthy cycle.