What to Do if Anxiety Steals Your Sleep

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Another long night. You're tense, on edge. You feel like something bad could happen. And as your fears flood your mind, they pull you deeper into a restless sea, further and further from the shores of sleep.

Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health condition in the US. There are several kinds. And they can steal your sleep by keeping your brain alert and your heartbeat revved.

But there's more to the story. Not getting enough shut-eye may bring on an anxiety disorder. That risk is real for many people, since about one in three adults are sleep deprived.

If your doctor diagnoses you with anxiety, treatments like medication and talk therapy can help you get the rest you need. Healthy habits can also help calm your nerves. Exercise every day. Try meditation or visual imagery. And avoid alcohol, caffeine, and large meals several hours before bedtime.

Keep your bedroom quiet, cool, and dark. And turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before you go to sleep. This way you'll be setting yourself up for more peaceful nights and energized days.