The journal Nature Human Behaviour published study findings this month that provide one of the strongest neural links between sleep and anxiety to date. The research, from the University of California, Berkeley, also points to sleep as a natural, non-pharmaceutical remedy for anxiety disorders, which have been diagnosed in some 40 million American adults and are rising among children and teens.
Our Expert's Take
Ahmed Ghuman, a staff psychologist in Pitt’s University Counseling Center, shares thoughts on how to help college students cope with stress around this time of year.
“When stress begins to peak, the body will often experience physiological reactions including muscle tension, disturbed sleep, headaches and weakened immunity," said Ghuman. "So, make sure you are eating, sleeping and seeking out social support. Plan pleasurable activities throughout your week to help balance the demands of school. Engage in physical activity, even going for a walk can help reduce stress."
Ghuman's areas of interest include stress, self-esteem, happiness, motivation, resilience, meaning and purpose, religious and spiritual identity and multicultural concerns.
Ghuman is available for media interviews.