When you’re stressed, you may have a hard time sleeping. And when you’re not getting enough rest, lack of sleep may cause you additional stress. When you’re caught in this tiring cycle, it can be hard to know how to break it.
If you have problems sleeping and you feel depressed, anxious or less emotionally responsive, there are many treatments that can help. Begin by looking at your sleep habits to determine if you can improve your sleep on your own. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides these sleep tips:
- Avoid caffeine and nicotine (especially in the evening).
- Block out seven to nine hours for a full night of uninterrupted sleep.
- Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine.
- Never watch TV, use the computer or pay bills before going to bed.
- Make sure your bedroom is cool, dark and quiet.
Take a look at this flyer for more information and tips to prevent sleep loss.