Do you often come home late and leave early for the office? Do you suffer sleepless nights very often? This could increase your anxiety levels along with other brain impairments by as much as 30%. In some people, even one night of disturbed sleep can trigger anxiety which may further lead to anxiety-related disorders.
The University of California, Berkeley, did research on the relation between sleep loss and anxiety. They found that during the loss of sleep, certain parts of the brain get affected. “We have identified a new function of a deep sleep, one that decreases anxiety overnight by reorganizing connections in the brain. Deep sleep seems to be a natural anxiolytic (anxiety inhibitor), so long as we get it each and every night,” said Dr. Matthew Walker, PhD, Professor, Department of neuroscience and psychology, The University of California, Berkeley.
This study titled ‘Overanxious and Underslept’ was published in the journal ‘Nature Human Behaviour’. As per the study, sleep is an effective solution for a lot of problems including anxiety disorders. The cases of such problems have increased rapidly in both children and adults lately. As per the team of researchers, inadequate sleep increases the anxiety levels, on the other hand, deep sleep lowers down anxiety. You may also practice meditation to combat stress and anxiety.
“Testament to this link, sleep disturbance is present across the full axis of major anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder, suggesting trans-diagnostic applicability.” told the researcher. Some simple alterations in the night sleep can leave significant positive effects on the anxiety the next day. This can help to keep anxiety disorders at bay. Deep sleep restores the prefrontal function of the brain which controls our emotional and psychological wellbeing. Thus, it helps to reduce stress and prevent the escalation of anxiety. As per scientists, the human body needs a good NREM sleep to control the overanxious mind. It is better to have a peaceful 6-7 hours of sleep every day to maintain holistic health.
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