I’ve heard so much lately about the relationship that sleep has with anxiety, so much so that I thought I’d write this article with the intention of highlighting the importance of sleep to my readers who are looking for relief from their anxiety symptoms.
I think many, many people overlook just how fundamental our quality of sleep and sleep patterns are, not only for dealing with anxiety but for our overall health in general.
A massive percentage of the population globally is not getting anywhere near enough sleep, due to our ever increasing busy lives and work commitments.
The result this can have on our bodies is so vast, that it’s thought that almost every system of the body is, to a certain degree, compromised by our regular occurrences of sleep deprivation! That’s a big deal, lack of sleep comprising pretty much our whole bodies? I wonder how many people are aware of that suggestion?
Why is sleep important for overcoming anxiety?
A healthy, regular sleep pattern we are told is one of the most crucial aspects of our lives in order to promote longevity and feel healthy. Yes, a healthy diet and adequate exercise are also big contributors, but sleep is so important in overall holistic health that we now know that the brain has a significant reliance on how we sleep.
When we sleep and are at rest, this enables neurons in the body to heal. Sleep allows our cells to produce the protein which eases stress and aids in repair. When this process isn’t done appropriately over long periods of time (i.e. healthy sleep) we begin to decline in our optimal level of performance. This is where the detrimental side effects from lack of sleep are seen in how we go about our daily lives, i.e. stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and so on.
So getting a good nights rest is absolutely monumental for healing and keeping these unwanted stresses at bay, just because good sleep isn’t prescribed by doctors (which it should be) this doesn’t mean that good sleep doesn’t help to aid in anxiety treatment, because it does, big time! So how much sleep should I be getting?
According to the sleep foundation, we should be looking at sleep duration in the ‘recommended range’ as follows;
- School-age children 6-13 years – 9-11hrs
- Teenagers 14-17 years – 8-10hrs
- Young adult – 18-25 years – 7-9hrs
- Adult – 26-64 years – 7-9
- Older adult – 65+ years 7-8
As studies have shown, particularly with regards to the ‘Adult’ category, we are not hitting that 7-9 hours of quality rest that we should be experiencing, in fact, we are falling far short of that number.
Factors that also have an impact on sleep (not to mention anxiety!) are caffeine and energy drinks, smoking and alcohol. Our alarm clocks, external light and noise also play a part in hindering that sleep we need. Another big cause is our now, constant use of internet-related technology such as phones and tablets, these devices with their bright screens are causing havoc with sleeping patterns, even more so with the younger generation!
A key point to remember is that within our busy and hectic lives, we take time to schedule and plan our daily routine, the train journey to work, the Monday school run and watching a favourite movie on a Saturday night. But what we do not do, is to manage and plan for our rest periods. Sleep must be as important as your weekly gym routine.
We need to learn to prioritise our duties and ensure we get sufficient rest and not let routine interfere with our sleep pattern, let’s remember just how important sleep is!
Methods to improve sleep
Personally, I wasn’t getting enough rest when my anxiety was at its peak, I remember waking almost every day with a foggy brain and next to no motivation for the day ahead. Many nights awake was spent with that awful critical thinking routine that was embedded in my mind, “What if” was my go-to statement, about absolutely anything and anyone dealing with anxiety will relate to those long and horrible nights just laying there creating worries that do not even exist!
It wasn’t until I began using essential oils on a daily basis along with self-hypnosis that I began to see a real improvement in my sleep, which also had a direct improvement on my anxiety. I would (and still do) diffuse a blend of mainly lavender every night before bed and found it just made me want to settle in and get some rest if you’d like the exact blend I used please reach out via the contact page and I’ll be happy to help!
But before long I really did see some excellent results when improving my sleep and you can too!
I understand that many people suffering from anxiety and sleep deprivation have real trouble with sleeping and the good news is there are some great natural products out there that can help and will not have any negative side effects associated with them.
That being said, and I always like to reiterate in my posts that I am not a medical professional and always consult your GP when making decisions. But I am a veteran when it comes to dealing with anxiety and based on results and correspondence I have with other sufferers, I feel I can point in the right direction and give really sound advice on solutions that work, in the real world and for everyday people like you and I!
I would of course always suggest using essential oils but also in conjunction with naturally based supplements rich in magnesium and melatonin, which are respectively excellent aids for anxiety themselves, but (and you’ll know if you’ve managed to read my other articles!) it’s natural resources working together is where you can find real results for anxiety and good sleep promotion!
I’ve stumbled across ‘Nature Sleep’ which is a completely natural product containing both magnesium and melatonin as well as a whole host of other goodness including the Goji Berry which is recognised for huge production in feelings of calmness and clarity!
It’s important to note that Nature Sleep is intended to assist the body and support in the sleep process and this for me, is why using in conjunction with a good quality lavender essential oil is so beneficial!
To learn more about the product itself, please see here
I hope through reading the above that you’ll have some idea around the direct relationship sleep can have with anxiety. It is very easy to concentrate your efforts into other products and services when sometimes all that may be required (in mild anxiety cases for example) is an improvement in your sleep and sleep pattern.
In conjunction with using ‘Nature Sleep,’ I also cannot recommend enough adding a blend of essential oils to help aid in the sleep process.
I know you’ll love using Nature Sleep in your quest for reducing anxiety and here at Self Technology Solutions we’d love to know how using Nature Sleep, essential oils, or any other method is helping you to overcome sleep issues and improve your anxiety!
This product ships worldwide and is already gaining some excellent feedback from users. As mentioned prior, not only do the ingredients themselves have positive feelings of calmness but taken together in one form is where the synergy really comes into play and helps not only with that much-needed sleep, but an overall reduction in anxiety!
If you want to find out more about Nature Sleep, click here
Kris Neale, DIP I CPH
Licensed NLP Practitioner
Founder – Self Technology Solutions