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Feeling Especially Anxious? Top Tips for a Sound Night of Sleep

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Feeling Especially Anxious? Top Tips for a Sound Night of Sleep

In these difficult times, it is completely understandable that many people find it difficult to sleep due to stress and anxiety. If you already have sleep problems, there’s even more need to address the issue. 

How can you obtain a sound night of rest? Are there any steps to take in order to determine whether you might require a reliable diagnosis? Let us take a closer look.

Stress-Busting Suggestions to Keep in Mind

While all of us experience anxiety from time to time, there is no doubt that current events can stir up more stress. A handful of steps can help you attain the night’s rest that is required to remain healthy.

First and foremost, try to maintain the same schedule every night. This will help your body adjust to its natural circadian rhythm. As many of us are now confined to our homes without a definitive work routine, this piece of advice is particularly relevant. 

Exercise is another critical component of developing healthy sleeping habits. There are several reasons behind this observation. Not only will physical activity enable your body to produce stress-busting hormones, but the resulting state of exhaustion is an excellent way to rest once your head finally hits the pillow. It is wise to consult with a doctor or a personal trainer before adopting such a regimen in order to obtain professional advice. 

It is just as important to avoid napping during the day. This habit can confuse your body, making it much more difficult to fall asleep at the appropriate hour. If you feel tired or lethargic at home, there are several activities which can provide you with a much-needed energy boost such as:

  • Stretching
  • Deep-breathing exercises
  • Dancing 

Free-movement dancing — just moving to music — is an excellent way to fire up a little energy. Remember your younger days, and just move it!

We should also mention that these very same activities can help to alleviate feelings of worry, stress and anxiety.

Might You be Suffering from sleep apnoea?

While it is obvious that stress will impact your sleeping habits, another culprit is a medical condition called obstructive sleep apnoea. Some of the primary symptoms associated with this condition include:

  • Coughing or gasping for air throughout the night.
  • Excessive and loud snoring.
  • Waking up feeling exhausted and lethargic.

This condition occurs when breathing stops frequently through the night. These little pauses in breathing — called apnoeas — shut off oxygen supply to the body and the brain, which is dangerous. And when this happens, you lose the restorative sleep your body requires, so you feel very tired the next day.

Over time, this can have a negative impact on your immunity — and can contribute to stress, depression, and anxiety.

That’s why it is important to get a simple at-home sleep test for obstructive sleep apnoea – to find out if this is the reason for your sleep problems, so you can get proper treatment.

The Power of a Simple Test

An at-home test will quickly determine whether or not you suffer from sleep apnoea. You’ll wear a few lightweight monitors, sleep in your own bed, and sleep experts will assess the metrics to determine if you have sleep apnoea or not.

This condition is very treatable, so you can be on the path to a good night’s sleep. 

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Author: HELEN CLARKSON

About author: Helen Clarkson is a Sleep Specialist at Baywater Healthcare. Ms. Clarkson has worked with Baywater since 2008, working closely with patients in delivering sleep/bi-level services including sleep and respiratory, both in the home and clinic setting. This includes therapy initiation and troubleshooting support. Ms. Clarkson is responsible for delivering the Baywater Healthcare patient adherence management programme to ensure continuing patient therapy compliance. works in conjunction with NHS clinicians and procurement to deliver excellence in home and clinic-based services. She provides training on all aspects of sleep including devices and interfaces. Previously, Ms. Clarkson served as Respiratory Physiologist at Pontefract General Infirmary. Her position was Senior MTO for lung function/sleep department, and she was responsible for performing simple and complex sleep studies, sleep study analysis, CPAP initiation, therapy adherence and troubleshooting/service clinics, spirometry, lung volumes and transfer factor, reversibility, CPET, hyperventilation testing, EIA testing, skin prick testing, 6 min walk tests. She has also held roles as Respiratory Physiologist and Respiratory Technician, working closely with patients with respiratory disorders -- including ex-miners. Ms. Clarkson has a BSc (Honors) in Applied biology from University of Staffordshire. She also studied Developments in Sleep Medicine (advanced course) at St. Thomas’ Hospital, and took the Edinburgh Sleep Medicine course. She completed the BSS: Advanced sleep course and the ARTP NIV Course.

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