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Is Your Mood Keeping You From Sleep?

By Sara Butler

If you're wound up emotionally, then it's no secret that it can be more difficult to get to sleep. But how much can your mood impact getting enough sleep at night? It's been discovered that both positive and negative emotions can be a roadblock to proper sleep. Here are some signs that your mood is impacting your ability to catch some Zzz's.

Racing Thoughts

Do you worry constantly? Do your thoughts race through your mind in an endless loop when you try to sleep at night? It should come as no secret that the inability to shut off your brain is a problem when you try to fall asleep at night, but you should identify what it is that keeping you awake and work to help resolve those feelings. Sometimes it helps to discuss these issues with a professional who can help.

Feeling Fatigued All Day

If you're dragging during the day, then it might be because you're not sleeping deeply enough or staying asleep. It's been found that people who struggle with anxiety and depression often have this problem at night, leaving them exhausted the next day even though they went to bed at a decent time the night before.

Dreams

Scary dreams can interrupt your sleep at night and frequent nightmares can be a problem when it comes to a good night's sleep. If you have nightmares a lot, then it may be because you're experiencing anxiety or depression. Poor sleep quality due to dreams can be a tough cycle to break out of and can make it challenging to fall asleep once you wake up emotionally charged. Bad dreams can even have an impact on how you sleep the next night if you feel out of sorts due to your dream the entire week.

If you're having issues sleeping and think it may be due to your mood, there are things you can do. Especially if it's centered around depression and anxiety, these are conditions that can be improved with treatment. Address any issues you have outside of your sleep hours and see if that helps to improve your sleep. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional about any sleep issues you have and how they may be impacted, or impacting, your moods. Better sleep is right around the corner!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Madison, Wis.

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