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Sleeping With Anxiety

Many of us toss and turn or watch the clock when we struggle to fall asleep for a night or two. However, for some, a restless night is normal. It’s a frustrating routine; your mind starts to race the same moment your head hits the pillow. You start to worry about the day ahead, your growing to-do list, or how expensive your bills can be. At some point, it’s hard to tell whether you’re having trouble sleeping because you’re anxious, or if you’re anxious because you can’t sleep. It’s a two-way street; anxiety can cause sleeping problems or worsen existing ones. Sleeping with anxiety can seem like a mountain that you’ll never climb – however, there are ways you can enjoy a sound sleep.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is what we feel when we’re worried, tense, or afraid – especially about things that are about to happen, or which we think could happen in the future. Anxiety is a natural human response when we think we’re under threat, and it can be experienced through our thoughts, feelings, and even physical sensations.

When Is Anxiety A Mental Health Problem?

Anxiety can become a mental health problem if you find it hard to go about your everyday life. It can also be a problem for you if:

  • Your feelings of anxiety are very strong or last for a long time
  • Your fears or worries are out of proportion to the situation
  • You avoid situations that might cause you to feel anxious or nervous
  • Your worries feel very distressing or are hard to control
  • You often experience symptoms of anxiety, which could include panic attacks
  • You find it hard to do things you normally enjoy

Reduce Anxiety to Sleep Soundly

Sleeping with anxiety can lead to a feeling of dread when it comes to bedtime. However, there are many ways to reduce feelings of anxiety for a better sleep.


Focus on your breath – slowly take a deep breath in, and slowly exhale. You can also visualise a peaceful scene, like a deserted beach.


Regular exercise is good for both your physical and mental health. It provides an outlet for frustrations and releases mood-enhancing endorphins. Yoga is a great way to reduce anxiety. Limit your workouts to mornings and afternoons.

Play music

Soft, calming music can lower your blood pressure and relax your mind and body.

Manage your worries

Set aside a specific time to focus on what’s on your mind so that you can reassure yourself that you haven’t forgotten about them. You could also write your worries down in a journal before bed.

Prioritise getting a good night’s sleep

Block out seven to nine hours for a full night of uninterrupted sleep, and try to wake up at the same time everyday day – including weekends!

Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine

Avoid stimulants like coffee, chocolate, and nicotine before going to sleep. Never watch TV, use the computer, or look at your phone or emails before going to bed. Read a book for an hour before going to sleep.

Have a good sleeping environment

Make sure your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet. You could use a fan to drown out excess noise, and check that your mattress and pillows are comfortable.

SlumberSlumber Cursa Side, Back and Front Sleeping Pillows

Pictured: SlumberSlumber Cursa Side, Back and Front Sleeping Pillows

Avoid looking at the clock

This can make you anxious in the middle of the night. Turning the clock away from you is a great way to make sure you don’t check the clock out of habit.

Talk to someone

A problem shared is a problem halved. Talking to friends and family gives them a chance to help you, and you may find that speaking about what’s bothering you will help to ease the weight on your mind.

Consider a weighted blanket

The extra weight offered by these blankets can create a sense of security, and they may help calm or comfort restless or stressed individuals. It’s recommended that you choose one that’s about 10% of your overall weight.

As anxiety can lead to sleeplessness, there are potential health risks as sleeplessness can lead to poor performance at work or school, increased risk of injury, and health problems. These can include risk of heart disease, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, or diabetes.(1) Therefore, if you’re struggling with anxiety, consult your doctor as they will determine the best way to help your anxiety to help your sleep.



SlumberSlumber Cursa Side Sleeping Pillow 700gsm Deep

SlumberSlumber Side Sleeping Pillow Deep

SlumberSlumber Cursa Side Sleeping Pillow 700gsm Deep

Our deep pillows are perfect for side sleepers, back sleepers with larger frames and the ideal pillow for propping up to watch tv and for the breakfast in bed-ers!

SlumberSlumber Cursa Front Sleeping Pillow 500gsm Slim

SlumberSlumber Front Sleeping Pillow Slim

SlumberSlumber Cursa Front Sleeping Pillow 500gsm Slim

This slim pillow is a perfect fit for front sleepers, for those who love to sleep on their back with a slim pillow, or back sleepers with smaller frames. Also loved by the two pillow crew!

A striped cotton percale and spiral hollowfibre pillow with extra loft and soft silk-like feel. The slim 500gsm fill pillow gently cradles your head and neck for the perfect level of comfort and support, making it ideal for front and back sleepers.

  • Non-allergenic
  • Soft support pillow

 The Cursa 500gsm Slim Pillow suits: 

  • Front sleepers who prefer a slightly deeper pillow – be aware of pressure on back, users may need a 400 pillow under their tummy
  • Back sleepers who prefer a slimmer pillow
  • Back sleepers with smaller frames
  • For use under waist if lying on side, esp if sleeper has an hourglass figure
  • For people who like to use 2 pillows
SlumberSlumber Cursa Back Sleeping Pilllow 600gsm Medium

SlumberSlumber Back Sleeping Pillow Medium

SlumberSlumber Cursa Back Sleeping Pillow 600gsm Medium

This is the best pillow for back sleepers in the Cursa range. It also suits side sleepers with smaller frames and side sleepers who prefer a slimmer pillow.

A striped cotton percale and spiral hollowfibre pillow with extra loft and soft silk-like feel. The standard 600gsm fill gently cradles your head and neck for the perfect level of comfort and support, making it ideal for back and side sleepers.
  • Non-allergenic
  • Medium support pillow
 The Cursa 600gsm Medium Pillow suits:
  • Back sleepers
  • Side sleepers with a smaller frame
  • Side sleepers who prefer a slimmer pillow


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