Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in New Zealand with more than 200,000 Kiwis living with an anxiety disorder.
One of the body’s natural anxiety coping mechanisms is sleep. While we sleep, our mind and body relax, so the next day we’re sharper and able to withstand life’s requirements and stresses. It’s almost ironic then, that anxiety can actually make it harder to sleep. Sleep problems are extremely common in those with persistent stress, and in many cases it can actually cause a cycle that makes it harder to overcome anxiety in the future.