Anxious? Go to Sleep


Research from Berkely and the University of Wisconsin finds that sleep loss amplifies reactivity in the brain that is associated with anxiety. The researchers suggest that ” targeted sleep restoration in anxiety may ameliorate excessive anticipatory responding and associated clinical symptomatology.”

Abstract →

Goldstein, A., Greer, S., Saletin, J., Harvey, A., et al; Tired and Apprehensive: Anxiety Amplifies the Impact of Sleep Loss on Aversive Brain Anticipation. The Journal of Neuroscience, 26 June 2013, 33(26): 10607-10615; doi: 10.1523/​JNEUROSCI.5578-12.2013

Further interest:
Neuroscientists suggest sleep for anxiety (Blouin News)

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].