How Stress Mess With Your Sleep (And What To Do About It)

Stress can influence your life in so many ways and most importantly your sleeping pattern and the quality of your sleep. Stress can make you find it very difficult to meditate and relax your mind enough for you to fall asleep. Having difficulty in sleeping can make find it difficult to behave or act normal and also affect the way you function during the day.

Besides, the more worn out you are, the less you will be able to concentrate at work, home or anywhere you find yourself, which will eventually lead to more stress.

If you don’t have a good sleep at night, it will enhance the level of stress hormone released in your body, the brain chemical attached with quality sleep is the same one that will stop the production of stress hormone provided that you’ve had enough rest. So, sleeplessness will cause an increase in the release of stress hormones.

Sleeplessness and stress can cause mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, etc., high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.

Written below are practices you can do to eradicate stress and also have an effective sleeping pattern:

1. Endeavor to Meditate

Focusing on your breathing pattern i.e how you inhale and exhale can do you a whole good in making you have a sound and uninterrupted sleep and also relieve you of stress. Learning to stay quiet and also keeping your mind quiet is a skill that will greatly make you improve on stress management.

2. Exercising Goes a Long Way

Frequent exercise will help induce sleep and also enable you to have an effective sleeping pattern, you don’t need to visit the gym before you can exercise, you can take a walk or jog around few blocks. Besides exercising before bedtime is a great influencer for sleep.

3. Take time to relax and calm your mind

Before you go to bed you can try doing different activities such as taking a warm bath, reading a book, take a nap, listen to quiet music, etc. that will help you feel relaxed and also calm your body and mind.

4. Avoid doing Strenuous (heavy work, exercise) Activities before bedtime

Leave strenuous(heavy work, exercise) activities for the next day, and stay clear away from things that will make you stress yourself or make you go beyond your strength limit.

5. Pen down your to-do list

Instead of loading your brain with the things you want to do in a day, or the things you want to achieve, or the things you are trying not to forget, it will be better to pen them down so as not to overload your brain with so much information.

6. Do Mini Bed Exercises:

To relief yourself from tension and stress, you can try out some relaxation exercise on your bed, which will help relax your whole body, make you feel calm, and also relax your muscles. Don’t lie in bed awake.

7. Consult Your Specialist

After trying all these sleeping practices and you still find it difficult to have a good night rest, it might be that you have a serious sleeping disorder, clinical anxiety or depression. At this stage, you need professional help.

Quotes on stress

“It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.   Control your reaction”
Hans Selye
“Trying to be a perfectionist brings increased stress and hinders performance.”
T. Whitmore
"When I’m under stress, I do yoga. It’s when I’m happiest that I have a problem with junk food."
Britney Spears
“One of the best ways to reduce stress is to accept the things that you cannot control.”
M. P. Neary
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