How & Why a Good Night’s Sleep Could Change Your Life

sleepMost of us have a running list of things to do, and another list of things to solve. If we are not careful these lists can morph into a whole big ball of anxiety. I have had this happen when I have made commitments, and see all of the events to come. I have a pretty good imagination, so one thing leads to another and if I am not careful I can have a full blown anxiety attack ready to launch anytime.

There may be easy ways to realign everything

Left to run the show, worry and anxiety can put a damper on the best of plans and leave you worn out most of the time.

Answer: Go to bed earlier and sleep longer

New York researchers report this is the amazingly simple answer to counteract the negativity that spawns so much anxiety and doubt in our lives.

Their research showed the people who never worry about sleep, and often go to sleep late, are also the ones who tend to get hit with waves of bad dreams, stressful images and unlimited bouts of worry. In contrast, the people who kept regular hours and got a full night’s sleep were on the average much more positive.

The researchers explained this as a mental process and they called it repetitive negative thinking. This leads to more obsessive negative thoughts that tend to run laps through the head. And one lap leads to the next creating something that practically runs on its own. This, in turn, leads to mounting worry over the future, and out of proportion regret about past actions and events.

Of course, when schedules accelerate and commitments start to load up, everyone tends to tense up a bit. But the researchers may be right. More sleep, establishing regular hours, and making sure your life patterns support a restful night every night, may make a lot of that obsessive worry release its hold on you.

If you try this you may notice you no longer need to support the whole morning with extra coffee, and you may not find yourself yawning through the afternoon. Easing your mind and giving the slip to obsessive worry and an overload of negative thoughts could have a circular effect. The less you worry the better you may sleep and the better you sleep the less the grip of anxiety.

As always if you have patterns of anxiety that are not going away, see your doctor and get any counseling that might be needed.


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