If you're someone who trades sleep to get more done in a day, then you're going about it all wrong. A new study shows that deep sleep can actually rewire the anxious brain.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have found that a specific type of sleep calms and resets the brain during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) slow-wave sleep. The experiments were conducted using functional MRI and polysomnography with 48 participants as well as an online study involving 280 people.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

"We have identified a new function of deep sleep, one that decreases anxiety overnight by reorganizing connections in the brain," said the study's senior author Matthew Walker, a UC Berkeley professor of neuroscience and psychology. "Deep sleep seems to be a natural anxiolytic (anxiety inhibitor), so long as we get it each and every night."

The published findings have also pointed to sleep as a "natural, non-pharmaceutical remedy" for anxiety. In comparison, having a sleepless night can trigger a 30 percent rise in anxiety levels.

"Without sleep, it's almost as if the brain is too heavy on the emotional accelerator pedal, without enough brake," said Walker.

NREM sleep happens sporadically throughout the night which means there's no trick to doing it. Really, all you need to do is focus on sleeping at night.

You may also try these other tips if lack of sleep is a recurring issue.

More From FemaleNetwork.com

Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Recommended Videos
Comments

Latest Stories

Richard Gomez Recalls How He Proposed to Lucy Torres

Twenty-two years ago, Richard proposed to Lucy on the eve of her birthday.

Camille Prats and Family Begin Building Future Dream Home

Camille Prats is grateful for the family's early Christmas present.

Use These Anti-Acne Products if You're Always Working OT this Holiday Season

These will help control oil production as you deal with more work and stress this month.

"They" Is Merriam Webster's Word of the Year

The search volume for "they" jumped up to 313% this 2019.

HBO GO Streaming Service Is Now Available in the Philippines

HBO's streaming service is now available for both Apple and Android devices.

Miss Vietnam 2018 H'Hen Nie Goes Barefoot During Her Final Walk

H'Hen Nie is the first beauty queen to hail from an ethnic minority group in Vietnam.
Load More Stories