Trouble Sleeping? Better Read This…
Remember those days when you could fall asleep as soon as your head hit the pillow?
Now, maybe you’re just tossing and turning until the sun comes up.
Or you spend hours staring at the ceiling, your mind racing with worries.
But bad sleep is more than an inconvenience… it’s actually a serious threat to your health.
Researchers have just discovered that sleep problems may be causing a very common psychological problem.
Here’s what you need to know… and how to fix your sleep problems for good.
If you’re suffering from depression or anxiety, bad sleep may be the culprit.
That’s according to a new study out of Binghamton University in New York.
Researchers monitored the sleep habits of 52 people who had problems with repetitive, negative thinking.
You know… when you get upset about something or imagine a terrible scenario, and can’t let it go.
Additionally, the participants were shown images designed to stimulate emotional responses.
Those who were getting the least amount of sleep had the hardest time shifting attention away from the negative information they were shown.
They just couldn’t let bad thoughts go.
“While other people may be able to receive negative information and move on, the [sleep-deprived] participants had trouble ignoring it,” study co-author Meredith Coles explained.
So a lack of sleep or unhealthy sleep habits can make you vulnerable to mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
If you or a loved one is dealing with depression or anxiety, the first step to a good night’s sleep is making sure you go to bed at a consistent time (and keep your bedroom as dark as possible, with no technology).
Need a little help?
Try adding melatonin or valerian root to your nightly routine.
Melatonin is a hormone your body produces naturally, which signals your brain that it's time to sleep and valerian root produces a feeling of calm that makes it easier to fall asleep.
Both can be purchased online or from your local health store.
Fighting For Your Health,
Executive Director, Alliance For Advanced Health