Anxiety A to Z

8 tips to sleeping better

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As humans, we need adequate sleep at night in order to recharge, repair and excel. If you're not sleeping enough, you're probably not performing at your best. Sleep deprivation can worsen feelings of anxiousness and agitation. It can also lead to a lack of engagement, focus and motivation.

Preparation

The Sunday scaries. What is this, you ask? The feeling can only be described as a cocktail of dread, anticipation and fear – shaken, not stirred. If the thought of Monday or the start of a new week triggers your anxiety, take steps to water this feeling down. For example, if you’re usually rushed in the mornings or late for work, set out your clothes the night before, pack your lunch the night before… it can offload some pressure allowing you to fall asleep more easily.
 
Routine
Wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day (give or take a couple of hours for leniency).

Avoid naps
Try not to nap during the day. If you find your eyes closing and there’s nothing you can do about it, set an alarm to wake up again. The optimal nap time is 10 to 20 minutes.

Environment
Make the room comfy, dark, quiet and a mild temperature.

Exercise
This can tire you out, but not right before bed.

Limit or eliminate caffeine and alcohol
If you just have to have your morning coffee, that’s okay. Just try no caffeine after 2pm.

Limit technology
Stop using screens one hour before bed. Instead, read a book.

Lavender
This well-known plant acts as a sedative promoting relaxation and sleep. Try the calming lavender mist from KORA Organics. Sprits a little on your face or pillow before bed.

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