How Does Anxiety Affect Sleep?

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them. Then do the same thing with your lower legs, and on up your body, feeling each part of yourself send tension packing.

Don’t lie in bed awake.

If you can’t fall asleep for more than 20 minutes, give yourself a do-over. Get up, keeping the lights low, and do something relaxing (and ideally sleep-inducing). Have a cup of herbal tea and read a book. But avoid screens: The light that they emit can signal to your brain that it’s time to wake up.

Still not sleeping? If you think that you might have more serious sleep problems, clinical anxiety, or clinical depression, talk to your doctor. A specialist can help you find a treatment plan , so you can manage your symptoms and get the sleep you need.

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