One of the most common times for people to experience anxiety is at night. Anxiety before bed has been identified as a key driving factor for insomnia and can lead to a decrease in both the quantity and quality of a person’s sleep. Practicing good sleep hygiene and following a night-time routine is ideal in preparing for a good night’s sleep, however anxiety can often distract you from your focus and deter you from completing your routine to prepare for bed. An innovative and ground-breaking method of treatment in the mental health field, known as TMS, may be your solution to reducing your anxiety before bed, and increasing your quality of sleep.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a series of non-invasive medical procedures that uses painless magnetic pulses to target pathways in the brain associated with anxiety, and further strengthens these pathways to minimise symptoms of anxiety. International research is presenting positive trends in efficacy often being compared with pharmaceuticals.
TMS can reduce anxiety before bed and allow you to focus on your night routine, and in turn assist with good sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene can include ensuring a restful and comfortable sleeping environment through regulating the temperature, light, and noise levels of your space, as well as minimising screen use before bed by turning off devices such as your phone, laptop, and TV. Following the structure of a nightly routine will also help to relax and clear your mind before bed. Your night-time routine may include calming activities such as taking a warm bath, reading, journaling, or meditating to wind down from your day.