Insomnia, stress and anxiety often go hand in hand. A new study suggests this may be down to how our brains are wired.
It's been difficult to prove whether sleep deprivation is a result of anxiety, or if anxiety is a result of sleep deprivation.
This latest study suggests that our sleep health is key to regulating our emotions.
Researchers as the University of California, Berkeley observed the brains of healthy individuals and saw an increase in activity in the regions of the brain associated with anxiety disorders when they were sleep deprived.
In addition to insomnia being a potential risk factor for anxiety disorders, researchers found that those who are generally more anxious experience the strongest symptoms of sleep deprivation.
If you suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress or other anxiety disorders, sleep therapy may help.
Source: The Journal of Neuroscience
Last updated: August 6, 2013