Tips for When Depression or Anxiety Keeps You Up at Night

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Depression or anxiety often lead to insomnia, which can worsen your mental health. Learn 4 soothing tips to deal with insomnia at HealthyPlace

Tips for When Depression or Anxiety Keeps You Up at Night

Do you have insomnia because of your depression or anxiety?

Insomnia keeps our brain from enjoying a break from its own thoughts, emotions, and conscious activity. We deal with a lot during the day. Is it too much to ask to have a break at night?

It is not too much to ask, for sleep is vital to our mental and physical health. However, many of us toss and turn, restless and fretting, for much of the night. Consider these eye-opening statistics:

  • About 30% of people struggle with insomnia
  • Over 50% of Americans suffer sleep deprivation due to stress and/or anxiety (connection between anxiety and insomnia)
  • 90% of people who live with depression also experience insomnia

This connection between insomnia and mental health is problematic because it creates a vicious cycle. Sleep deprivation makes anxiety, depression, and other challenges worse, and the stress of depression and anxiety exacerbates sleep troubles.

When facing insomnia, try these soothing tactics:

  • Breathe slowly and deeply
  • Listen to soothing sounds like nature or white noise, and visualize a peaceful setting or image
  • Use mindfulness by focusing on what you sense right now
  • Do progressive muscle relaxation by tensing and relaxing all of your muscle groups from your feet up to your head

The key is to be gentle with yourself and let your brain and body rest. Relaxation is soothing to the brain stressed by anxiety and depression, and relaxation often leads to sleep.

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Last Updated: 17 April 2018

Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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