When helping someone improve mental health it is very easy to get ahead of ourselves and forget that there can be some very simple things we can do to aid recovery. Improving sleep quality can be one of them!
In a recent study by researchers at the University of Berkley they have identified the role that sleep might have to play in maintenance of anxiety disorders. They have been looking at a particular stage of sleep called “ non rapid eye movement slow wave deep sleep” that would appear to moderate levels of generalised anxiety.
Researchers think that both the quality and amount of sleep, and in particular frequency of slow wave sleep, help regulate an important structure in the brain called the medial prefrontal cortex.
On a societal level, “the findings suggest that the decimation of sleep throughout most industrialized nations and the marked escalation in anxiety disorders in these same countries is perhaps not coincidental, but causally related,”
“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night of sleep.”
If you would like to find out more about getting better sleep then check out the https://www.sleepfoundation.org/
If you need more support with anxiety disorder please do not hesitate to get in contact with us and arrange an appointment.