Yesterday, Bustle took on the topic of how to help people with anxiety overcome insomnia. 

Anxiety disorders, according to the textbook Clinical Sleep Disorders, typically create sleep problems centered around “a sleep-onset or sleep maintenance insomnia, resulting from excessive anxiety or apprehensive expectations about life events.” It’s a specific problem that affects getting to sleep and then staying asleep in ways that will actually be refreshing.

This means that typical approaches to insomnia, such as avoiding all LED-lit devices an hour before bed because LED light has been shown to affect human levels of the sleep-wakefulness hormone melatonin, are necessary but not sufficient to help anxious people drop off. Aside from conventional techniques for better sleep quality, then, we have to look to science specifically targeted towards anxiety sufferers to improve chances of a good night’s rest.