6 Ways to Help You Sleep with Stress and Anxiety

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Jog - Jogging, and other high intensity exercise, is extremely useful for sleeping. First, jogging fights anxiety by burning away stress hormones and increasing production of ... more 
Photo by: Maridav
Jog - Jogging, and other high intensity exercise, is extremely useful for sleeping. First, jogging fights anxiety by burning away stress hormones and increasing production of endorphins, which act as natural relaxants. Second, jogging tires muscles, which can essentially convince your body to make you sleep. Daily jogging, especially after work, can be highly effective.

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Thu, Nov 29, 2012 10:48 AM EST

Written By Ryan Rivera For QuickEasyFit

Living with stress is never easy. But what makes stress even harder to live with is the way it affects sleep. Anxiety and stress have a strong tendency to cause insomnia, because your stresses occupy your mind and physically affect your body in ways that make it hard to focus and relax.

What makes it even worse is that sleep is one of the most powerful coping tools for anxiety and stress. Sleep not only makes it easier to get over stress - it also prevents stressful events from having as much of an effect on you. So when stress keeps you awake and causes you to get less sleep, it ends up causing more stress later, ultimately creating a cycle of stress and anxiety that can be hard to break.

Avoiding the Prescription Solutions Prescription sleep aids do help you sleep, but the risk of dependence is frightening and there are very few examples of the long term implications of taking these medicines. Ideally, you should always first look for a natural solution. Here are several safe and natural ways to help you get sleep when you're stressed:

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