Being all cozied up at home in some silky PJs with a cup of chamomile tea in hand should be the ultimate safe space from anxiety.
So why do you feel more anxious at night than you did all day long?
“It’s the first time of the day when no one is asking you any questions or you’re trying to complete a task. It’s when you’re first alone with your thoughts, and the entire day’s worth of thoughts come into your mind, which causes a level of anxiety,” clinical psychologist Michael Breus, PhD, says.
It takes all day to create a sleep problem at night. If you ignore your stress and anxiety all day long, you can’t expect it to magically disappear at bedtime, allowing you to sleep soundly until morning.
Relaxation exercises, mindfulness meditation, and mind-body exercise can all help reduce your stress throughout the day, as well as in the evenings before bedtime. Many of the natural supplements that help sleep are also beneficial for stress and anxiety, including magnolia bark, magnesium, and CBD.