Many people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) struggle with sleep problems. Typical issues are an inability to fall asleep and difficulty staying asleep, particularly in times of heavier stress. One possible solution to some of these problems is to practice good sleep hygiene and structure your sleep schedules in ways that facilitate us getting the best sleep we can.
The Relationship Between Health, Sleep, and Anxiety
Dr. Daniel Kripke is a sleep expert from Scripps Clinic of Sleep in La Jolla, California, who has examined insomnia in a wide range of studies.
Sleep loss and sleep disorders are serious health issues. Anywhere from 50 to 70 million Americans are estimated to chronically suffer from sleeplessness. Beyond just feeling sleepy, this can harm work performance, delay motor functions, impact physical health, and can even decrease life longevity.
For those with GAD, sleep is extremely important. Not having enough rest can make you sluggish and irritable, making you feel unprepared. This can be a trigger for your anxiety, increasing your symptoms.
Sleep and GAD are connected in a cycle. Because you worry and are anxious, you have trouble sleeping. When you cannot sleep, you become more anxious, and so on. This dangerous cycle does not come without long-term effects.