5 Tips For Sleeping Well When You Have Anxiety

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.

4. Workout

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.

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  • This will be great for exam season!
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  • Sleeping is so tricky when you have anxiety. Thanks for this post, I found it to be very helpful! :)

  • Samantha Dobbin

    Thanks for the quick and clear tips, I have trouble with number 3, especially when I was studying at uni. I spent way too much time working in my room! I’ve learnt to pop to the nearest coffee shop to work. So much better and I work a lot quicker as well.

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  • Lucy Lees

    As an anxiety sufferer myself, this is so useful :) It’s hard to find the right balance to help you get into a good routine; being physically active definitely helps. Thanks for sharing!
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  • This is such a great post! Tip number three is so important especially for students like me because if I do homework in my room (or worse, in my bed), my bedroom stops being a sanctuary.
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  • Natalie Redman

    Great post! Anxiety sucks at the best of times but to have it before bed must be horrible!

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  • Thanks for this reminder! Sometimes it’s hard to not do all the things that just make it worse!!!

    I find reading is a great way to get to sleep!

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  • Donatella Acampora

    Thank for these great tips!!! The num. 3 represents me totally and it’s true that is important to go outside.

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