When you are anxious, it’s very difficult to relax or sleep. In fact, it’s very difficult to accomplish anything at all. When anxiety is present, it becomes the dominant emotion, overshadowing every other emotion and nearly paralyzing all motivation to do anything. In short, it’s just plain hard to function at all. What’s worse, when you desire to escape anxiety through a good night’s sleep, even that refuge becomes unreachable. In this blog post, my aim is to share some tips on how to sleep better with anxiety.
Follow these 3 steps, and you’ll discover better sleep to help put your anxiety to bed
Step 1: Take a natural sleeping pill
I’m not a fan of meds to help improve sleep, especially if you’re already on meds for other conditions. Which is why I recommend, instead, to use a natural sleeping pill to help you get to sleep and stay asleep. Hands-down, my all-time favorite is the botanical sleep aid from Melaleuca called Rest-EZ. Take one of these pills about an hour before bedtime.
Step 2: Take a hot shower
There’s something soothing and healing about hot water. Notice I recommend you take a shower and not a bath. This is because if you take a bath before bedtime, you run the risk of becoming TOO comfortable in the bath and possibly falling asleep there, which is something we hope you’ll reserve for the bed, not the bath. With a shower, there is no risk of accidentally falling asleep while standing. The hot shower will help loosen tight muscles, relieving tension carried in the neck and shoulder area. It will also give a good opportunity to decompress and wash away your anxious thoughts right down the drain.
Step 3: Listen to an audiobook
Now that you’ve accomplished steps 1 and 2, it is time to crawl into bed. I suggest choosing a great audiobook, one that will truly help you escape the world, and play it while you go to sleep. When choosing an audiobook, I also suggest you choose one with a narrator’s voice that is soothing. This is critical. The book that I’ve listened to many times which always puts me to sleep is called “Sufferings in Africa.“
There you have it, my friends. Believe me, my heart goes out to any of you who are struggling with anxiety. I hope these few steps will help you find more sleep at night.