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Widely Underappreciated Factor of Anxiety Disorders

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

lack of sleep and anxiety

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  • Lack of sleep dampened activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, a brain area known to help quell anxiety, and amped up emotional centers
  • Those who slept well demonstrated notable declines in anxiety, with slow wave nonrapid eye movement sleep appearing particularly beneficial
  • Lack of sleep could increase anxiety levels by up to 30%
  • If you struggle with anxiety, tending to your sleep should be a primary part of your treatment plan

Anxiety disorders represent the most common mental illness in the U.S., with 40 million U.S. adults affected. Meanwhile, one-third of U.S. adults usually do not get enough sleep — a factor that can make mental health, including anxiety, worse.

It may seem overly simplistic, or even cliché, to suggest that getting proper sleep could help relieve the sometimes-debilitating effects of anxiety, but research continues to show that the connection is not only relevant but significant. In fact, if you struggle with anxiety, tending to your sleep should be a primary part of your treatment plan.


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