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How to Fall Asleep Faster When Anxious

Anxiety is no friend of sleep and unfortunately many people have come to live with anxiety during the pandemic. It can be hard to get to sleep when one is anxious, and anxiety is a cause for many people’s anxiety. How can you fall asleep fast as an anxious person? Here are a few tips:  

Invest in a weighted blanket

A helpful tool for those who find it hard to relax and who may feel anxiety in their bodies is a 15 lb weighted blanket. Weighted blankets have been known to help with anxiety and can make it easier for you to soothe yourself to sleep, even on the most anxious of days. 

With plenty of aesthetically pleasing options on the market, you can find one that suits your setup perfectly. You don’t have to sacrifice an appealing bedroom for a weighted blanket. There are plenty of beautiful weighted blankets on the market. 

Practice mindful bedtime routines

Something that may help you when you’re feeling anxious is to practice mindfulness before bed. This may look like journaling or perhaps meditation. Either way, whatever helps you find peace and calmness before bed can be helpful. A nightly routine that you enjoy every night before going to sleep could be useful in minimizing anxiety that could lead to insomnia. 

Make sure to get exercise in your daily routine

Exercise is a great stress reliever. If you’re finding that you have recently started feeling anxious, take a look at your exercise routine. If things have changed in your fitness recently, this may be a sign that you should be incorporating exercise into your daily routine. 

The release of endorphins and overall mood lifter that exercise offers is very helpful for people who deal with light anxiety that may impact their sleep. Just avoid exercising too soon before bed as this can also make it hard for you to get to sleep. 

Invest in therapy

Therapy can be very helpful for enabling you to find techniques that help you to calm your anxiety. A therapist can help walk you through your triggers, so it’s easier for you to understand and see what may set you off and how you can have systems in place that allow you to calm yourself and rest easy. 

Additionally, they could refer you to a psychiatrist if they feel that anxiety meds may be a great support for you. Remember that it’s okay to get help so you can live a more functional life and get the sleep you need. 

Use calming music to get to sleep

When you find that it’s difficult to turn thoughts off, something that could help is putting on calm music, whether you use Pandora or Spotify. With specific sleep playlists designed for easy listening, you can more easily drift off to sleep as classical music plays to calm your nerves. 

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’ve found that it’s a bit challenging to drift off every evening, this may be the solution to your sleep needs. If music doesn’t work for you, consider using a sound machine instead. Just having a steady sound going can be useful in both helping you to focus on something other than your thoughts and also keeping disruptive noises away. 

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In Conclusion

Sleep is so important for our quality of life and especially important for decreasing anxiety issues or depression. However, if you do often feel anxious, you may find it hard to get to sleep. Do not be dismayed. The tips above can help you find some relief, practice more calming habits, and make it easier for you to sleep better in 2022!

Huynh Nguyen

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