Sweet Dreams: Don't Let Stress Steal your Zzzzzz
“I am stressed and anxious so I can't sleep. I can't sleep so I am stressed and anxious."
If you can relate to the vicious cycle above, you are not alone. We know restorative sleep is important for good health and we certainly enjoy a restful night of sleep. But what can we do if we feel caught in the frustrating grip of insomnia?
If uncontrolled stress is disrupting your sleep, work on identifying the root cause of the stress. Can a fresh perspective help? Do you need to make a difficult decision? Even when stress can't be eliminated altogether, it can be managed. Having a plan can help.
Here are a few tips:
Try to sleep at even intervals. Depriving yourself of sleep and then attempting to make up for it later doesn't provide the same benefits to recharge the mind and body.
Reduce the level of light in your sleeping area. Limit “blue light" sources. Light from the screens of smartphones and other electronic devices results in a decrease in production of Melatonin* because our brains do not discern the difference between daylight and artificial light – especially blue light.
Avoid caffeine and nicotine beginning several hours before time to sleep. It takes a while for the stimulating effect to wear off.
Get some physical exercise during the day to burn off energy.
Getting stress under control and getting a good night of sleep are important for your well-being.
*A hormone produced by the body to induce sleepiness
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