Researchers at UC Berkeley have discovered an important function of deep sleep that can lower anxiety overnight.
Researchers claim that people’s heart rates and blood pressure drops during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) slow-wave sleep.
“We have identified a new function of deep sleep, one that decreases anxiety overnight by reorganizing connections in the brain,” said study senior author Matthew Walker, a UC Berkeley professor of neuroscience and psychology.
“Deep sleep seems to be a natural anxiolytic (anxiety inhibitor), so long as we get it each and every night.”- he added.
The study is considered to be one of the strongest neural links between anxiety and sleep to date.
It is to be noted that sleep is the best, simple, non-pharmaceutical and natural remedy for anxiety disorders. Another research said 80% of people with good and normal sleep don’t get any orders.
Deep Sleep as a remedy has helped to diagnose 40 million American adults to come out of anxiety and is rising among children and teens.
According to lead author Eti Ben Simon, even a sleepless night will increase your anxiety level and the best way to counter is to have a good deep sleep.
“Our study strongly suggests that insufficient sleep amplifies levels of anxiety and, conversely, that deep sleep helps reduce such stress,” said study lead author Eti Ben Simon, a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Human Sleep Science at UC Berkeley.
“Deep sleep had restored the brain’s prefrontal mechanism that regulates our emotions, lowering emotional and physiological reactivity and preventing the escalation of anxiety,” — he added.
He wants to see an improvement in sleep as a clinical recommendation for patients with anxiety disorders.
“People with anxiety disorders routinely report having disturbed sleep, but rarely is sleep improvement considered as a clinical recommendation for lowering anxiety,” Simon said.
“Our study not only establishes a causal connection between sleep and anxiety, but it identifies the kind of deep NREM sleep we need to calm the overanxious brain.”– he added.