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Switching off when you have anxiety is near to impossible. In the day you have plenty of distractions to at least keep thoughts at bay. But, at night, it’s just you and everything that’s whirling around your mind.
If you’re finding yourself spending your night staring at your ceiling, tossing, turning and pacing your room, try these 5 tips to combat the night-time anxiety.
1. Have a sleep schedule
Routine is one of the easiest ways to get a good night sleep. Going to bed and waking up at the same time can really help you sleep better. If your body is used to sleeping at a certain time, it is more likely to fall asleep naturally. That means you will spend less time awake and worrying and more time resting.
2. Put down your phone
There’s no end to the research telling us that our phones are often a cause of anxiety. Apparently, the constant need felt to be glued to our devices causes us a great deal of worry. Plus, spending time on our phones makes us less likely to engaged in other stress-reducing activities, such as exercise or reading. Swap your late night scrolling with a good book and you will find yourself with a clear, sleep-inducing mindset.
3. Avoid too much time in your room
Often, when we feel anxious we want to hide away. We want to be cooped up with our own thoughts and avoid the rest of the world. The problem lies in our bedrooms often being the place we do this in. When we spend time stressed in there we no longer see it as the relaxing place it should be, making it much harder to sleep in. Try taking your worries outside and you will find you will find your room a sleep-friendly environment.
Whether it’s a calming yoga session, endorphins boosting cardio or hardcore weightlifting, exercise is a great way to eliminate stress. Plus, if you workout later in the day, those mood-boosting endorphins are likely to keep negativity at bay when you’re trying to fall asleep. Not to mention that you will be extra tired making your brain less likely to fight the rest it needs.
5. Eat well
Watching what you eat and drink in the evening is essential for trying to avoid anxiety around bedtime. Making sure you avoid foods that make you anxious, and follow this guide to foods that help you sleep better will help ease you into sleep naturally. “Eat good, feel good” really is true when it comes to combating sleep troubles.