The Importance Of Sleep And Social Anxiety

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In recent years I’ve come to terms with the fact that I need at least 8 hours of sleep to be able to function normally during the day and ideally between 9 and 10 to feel fully rested and energised all day. On average, in the past six days I got 8.8 hours of sleep, one night I only got 7.5 hours, the lowest in my recording, and the most I got was 10 hours. The night I was able to sleep for 10 hours (9/23), I felt fairly happy, not stressed, and quite energized even though I was fairly anxious throughout the day. On the other hand, the night I only slept for 7.5 hours (9/27), I had hardly any energy, I wasn’t alert mentally, and I felt generally bad. Now, it’s impossible for me to say that the amount of sleep I got was the deciding factor in …show more content…
As someone who lives with both generalized and social anxiety I think it’s an important aspect of my life to track in regards to my sleep schedule and length. I thought that some factor of my sleeping schedule would have bearing on my anxiety rating for the day, but, in the end, there didn’t seem to be any related factors. This seems to hold true for all of the adjective ratings. While I’m sure that on the day I only got seven and a half hours of sleep my mental alertness rating of one was related to my lack of sleep the prior night, sleep definitely wasn’t the be all end all of my feelings the past six …show more content…
Last December I got a smartphone, up until then I’d had a flip phone, so having the capabilities of social media, email, and other distractions so close distracted me from my normal bedtime routine which usually included reading a book, listening to a podcast, or talking to my mom for a while. I now find myself on my phone talking to my friends or reading articles until I settle in to sleep. I know it’s affected my quality of sleep for the worse and I’m working on reversing this habit. As I mentioned above briefly, the house I just moved into is extremely close to a very busy street with a lot of wild drivers on it. I’m a very heavy sleeper, but I’ve woken multiple times to screeching breaks, car crashes, sirens, and people yelling. It’s been pretty frustrating to want to sleep with the windows open because of the heat but sacrificing a quiet sleeping space to do that. Finally, my schedule is jam packed nearly every day and almost every day is a different type of jam packed. This irregular schedule tends to affect how late into the evening I eat and how early in the evening I was able to stop doing work and relax. These inconsistencies have caused me to shut down my brain for sleep at very different times causing me some nights to go to bed immediately after finishing an intense reading, with my thoughts still swirling about it which doesn’t help me get to

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