As discussed in Stylist magazine,
night-time anxiety has become a common problem for many people.
Stress and worry are usually the two main reasons why we struggle
to sleep. Whether it's because you've had a hard day at work or
you're exhausted from the everyday challenges life throws at you,
the demons in our minds tend to come back to haunt us when we're
lying in bed at night.
So how can we tackle stress at night? Here's some
do's and don'ts from our sleep expert Dr Nerina, to help reduce any
- Create a wind down routine: this
is a routine or ritual that you may follow before you go to bed to
help you wind down and relax. It sends an essential message to the
brain preparing you to go to sleep which is called the 'transition
- Write a to-do list for the next
day: if you have a lot on your mind when going to sleep, a to-do
list will help you feel more relaxed and organised for the next day
so you don't wake up in a panic.
- Light a candle and meditate:
meditating and focusing on your breathing allows you to cleanse
your mind and forget about the stressful day you may have had and
switch off from the world around you.
- Try to exercise regularly:
exercise releases hormones that make you feel good, also relieving
stress. This will help with any anxiety when in bed, however, avoid
doing this late at night and allow some 'wind down'
- Have your mobile phone switched on
and next to you whilst in bed, this may disrupt your sleep. Being
on electrical devices before you go to sleep also may prevent you
drifting off due to the bright light on laptops and mobile phones
stopping your mind from switching off.
- Watch TV for an hour before going
to sleep as this also has the same effect.
- Eat heavy meals before bed or
drink large amounts of alcohol. Although alcohol may feel like it
helps you to sleep, it only makes it worse by encouraging light
sleep and restlessness.
Do you suffer with night-time
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