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How Anxiety Impacts Sleep

How Anxiety Impacts Sleep

Anxiety can manifest in more ways than you may realize. According to The Centers for Disease Control, anxiety disorders affected around 36% of adults in 2021, with that number rising to nearly 50% in 2021. Despite the consideration of the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people living with anxiety was on the rise before lockdowns took place globally. 

At Wellness Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee, our caring professional staff understands how living with anxiety affects your mood, your thinking, and your sleep. Learn more in this post, including tips for better rest.

How do I know I have anxiety?

Anxiety doesn’t discriminate based on race, nationality, gender, or age. Anxiety frequently accompanies depression, and living with both conditions can make days and nights miserable for an anxiety sufferer. In extreme cases, the two conditions together can contribute to physical health issues, interfere with interpersonal relationships, and cause you to lose sleep. 

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that about 40 million people in the US are living with an anxiety disorder. Though everyone in the world feels anxious from time to time, when your anxiety affects your life, or lasts for long periods of time, you may be living with an anxiety disorder. 

Some of the most common anxiety disorders include: 

There are a number of other anxiety disorders, and it’s possible to live with more than one. Treatment for your anxiety should come from a medical or mental health professional, and there are dozens of ways to treat it. 

If you’re living with anxiety, it’s difficult to miss. Typical symptoms of an anxiety disorder include: 

While only a medical or mental health professional can diagnose you with this mental illness, the symptoms, and their effects, can harm you without proper treatment. Increased anxiety puts you at increased risk of self-harm, including suicide. 

How does anxiety affect my sleep?

For any medical condition, adequate and regular deep sleep is essential. Your sleeping time is your body’s chance not only to recharge, but to focus on healing. 

If you’re living with anxiety, you may have problems getting to sleep. Anxiety might also cause you to awaken during sleep or cut your sleep short. Unfortunately, without enough sleep, you are at greater risk for chronic conditions like hypertension. 

How can I get better sleep with an anxiety disorder?

While anxiety needs to be diagnosed by a professional, certain lifestyle changes might help you sleep better. 

Here are some things you might want to try:

Adjustments such as these can help put you on a path to better mental health.

Is there a cure for anxiety?

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for anxiety. Anxiety should be diagnosed by your primary care doctor or a mental health care professional to whom your doctor refers you. Properly treating your anxiety begins with stress management, including a healthy diet and regular exercise. 

Wellness Nashville also offers several NAD+-based treatments to aid your recovery from anxiety, and help you to get the sleep you need. Not only that, but our staff is trained and certified in BR+™ therapy, or Brain Restoration Plus therapy, which offers direct healing for your brain’s NAD+ levels. This can help alleviate some of the symptoms of anxiety, and get you a better night’s sleep. 

Wellness Nashville is a local leader in holistic care to help you get back on your feet, and into the world with a renewed sense of self and health. If you’re ready to start your therapy, contact us by calling 615-334-0167 or booking an appointment online.

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