Keeping a Worry Journal and Sleeping Better Without Stress

"You really can't solve problems at night when youre supposed to be sleeping" (1:01)
Working on your anxiety issues during the day will help you sleep better at night, says Carol Ash, DO.

For many insomnia patients, stress is the major culprit, says Carol Ash, DO, medical director of the Sleep for Life center in Hillsborough, N.J. It's impossible to sleep when your brain is racing and your body is in fight-or-flight mode. (Watch Dr. Ash explain how stress can keep you awake.)

But writing down your problems can help. With your doctor, you can talk through your worry journal during the day—which should allow you to sleep better at night.

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