Stress and problems to sleep?

10/01/2019

Stress and problems to sleep?

Is stress keeping you up at night? If your answer is yes, this post might help you to solve those problems.
Stress is our response to daily life. It affects us emotionally, physically and behaviourally. The right amount of stress can be a positive force that helps us to do our best and to keep alert and energetic. Too much stress, however, can make us tense and anxious and can cause sleep problems.

What are the signs of stress?

Common signs of stress include depression, sleep problems, tension, anxiety, work mistakes, poor concentration, and apathy, among many others. If high levels of unwanted stress are not properly managed, your health and sense of well-being can suffer.

Practicing these good sleeping tips can help you to solve your stress and sleep problems:

 

  1. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
  2. Daylight helps set sleep patterns, so try to be outdoors while it’s light out for 30 minutes a day.
  3. Exercise regularly (but not too close to bedtime).
  4. Keep naps short, less than an hour and forgo napping after 3 p.m.
  5. Avoid caffeine, which can take up to eight hours to wear off.
  6. Avoid alcohol, large meals, foods that induce heartburn, and drinking a lot of fluid for several hours before bedtime.
  7. Quit smoking. Smoking causes many health problems, including compromising sleep in a variety of ways.
  8. Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet, without distractions like TV or a computer.
  9. Reading, listening to music, or relaxing before bed with a hot bath or deep breathing can help you get to sleep.
  10. If you don’t fall asleep within 20 minutes of turning in, get out of bed and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy.

If nothing seems to work and you’ve tried all the above, you might do well with the help of a sleep specialist. If you have eliminated the possibility of a medical condition, such as apnoea, a sleep specialist can try to determine why you aren’t sleeping and what to do about it.

Take charge of your wellness and investigate how stress might be affecting your sleep and how lack of sleep is affecting your stress levels! A serious matter, high levels of stress can have lasting consequences on your health and wellness and lead to life threatening diseases and bigger problems than just being tired.

By learning about what is happening inside your body during times of stress, you can better understand how to change or modify your environment and routines and gain some control of your body, inside and out. And, by employing just one or two of the above techniques to control your sleeping problems, you might notice a big change in your mental and physical health and sleep quality.

Let us know if these tips helped you!