Anxiety and insomnia are probably two of the worst disorders that feed off each other. It’s not easy to be kept awake at the wee hours of the morning thinking of highly illogical but frightening situations. A reprieve from their effects, especially in this demanding lifestyle, is needed more than ever.

Exercise.
Hitting the gym a few hours before you hit the sack can help you fall asleep faster. The logic is simple – it’ll tire your muscles and encourage your brain to shut down. Moreover, exercise produces endorphins, which help bring stress to a minimum.

Avoid eating a heavy dinner.
Be kind to your tummy. You may take a heavy lunch and balance it out with a light dinner. Although food coma sounds like a great and easy way to catch your much coveted sleep, immediately lying down after a huge meal can put pressure on your digestive system, causing you to feel bloated the next morning. It can even trigger a bout of heartburn and worsen your anxiety issues.

Avoid screened devices a few hours before you sleep.
Watching TV or using your phone right before you close your eyes may be robbing you of rest, as the blue-and-white light given off by your gadgets can stop the brain from releasing melatonin, which triggers your body to hit sleep mode.

Turn off your lights.
Similar to the the blue-and-white light from gadgets, bright lights can keep your brain and your body awake, so it's best to turn everything off.

Listen to your breathing.
If you can’t sleep because you’re anxious about something, try to focus on your breathing. Consciously prolong your intake of breath and be aware of how you exhale. When your mind veers away from breathing, gently guide it back to the up-and-down of your chest, and you’ll eventually fall into slumber.

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