An Allure magazine report notes that changing sleep patterns may help reduce anxiety.

Altering your sleep patterns might help reduce your anxiety. That’s the consensus of researchers Jacob Nota and Meredith Coles at Binghampton University in New York.

Of 100 people polled, those who went to bed later and slept for shorter periods had the most severe symptoms of worry and negative thinking. Although anxiety can contribute to sleep problems, it’s also possible that inadequate sleep or divergence from natural light and dark cycles makes it harder to inhibit troubling thoughts, Nota and Coles say. They cite other research showing that among people taking antidepressants, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can help reduce depression.

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