Too little sleep affects mood, contributing to irritability and sometimes depression. Vital functions occur during different stages of sleep that leave you feeling rested and energized or help you learn and forge memories. Sleep usually improves when an anxiety disorder is treated. Here are some steps to take:
· Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
· Daylight helps set sleep patterns, so try to be outdoors while it's light out for 30 minutes a day.
· Exercise regularly (but not too close to bedtime). An afternoon workout is ideal.
· Keep naps short — less than an hour — and forgo napping after 3 p.m.
· Avoid caffeine (found in coffee, many teas, chocolate, and many soft drinks), which can take up to eight hours to wear off.
“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” Thomas Dekker