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What to do when anxiety affects your sleep

From Mayo Clinic News Network, Mayo Clinic News Network on

Published in Health & Fitness

In these days where there is high anxiety around COVID-19, getting your sleep isn't easy. But a good night's sleep is a key factor in maintaining your health and protecting your immune system.

"Sleep is so important. It can make you happier and healthier," says Jenny Prinsen, a pulmonology nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Wisconsin. "It's your time to recharge, so make it a priority."

SLEEP CHALLENGES

There are several factors that can affect your sleep.

--Snoring. Almost half of adult men and one-quarter of women snore. You can reduce snoring by using adhesive nose pads to open the nostrils, adjusting your pillow to open your airway, and sleeping on your side rather than your back.

--Caffeine intake. Caffeine may affect your sleep. Be mindful of hidden sources of caffeine in foods, beverages and medications. Even if you fall asleep, too much caffeine can affect the quality of your sleep.

 

--Challenges of parenting. Between 3 a.m. feedings and late-night cries, new parents might only get to sleep for a few hours here and there. Try snoozing whenever you put your infant down to sleep.

TIPS TO SLEEP BETTER

The quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity. You can be in bed for eight hours and still feel drowsy the next day if your sleep is frequently interrupted during the night.

Try these tips to sleep better:

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