Stress Vs. Sleep

Stress - Sleeps #1 Enemy
     There’s a reason why, when a person is stressed out, the phrase “losing sleep over something” is used. Stress and bad sleep come hand in hand. Too much stress can cause you to have bad sleep, which makes it harder to focus on what you need to focus on. This could lead to health issues,which can lead to stress, which can lead to bad sleep. It’s a vicious cycle. If you don’t get enough sleep at night, your body can boost its levels of stress hormones. The hormones connected that allow deep sleep, like our old friend melatonin from our “World Food Day” blog, are the same ones that tell your body to stop making stress hormones, like adrenaline and norepinephrine or noradrenaline. Adrenaline and norepinephrine are the hormones equivalent of flashing red lights and an alarm screaming, “DANGER, DANGER, DANGER!” Now imagine trying to sleep through that.
Helpful Tips
  Stress is literally the opposite of relaxation, and you kind of need to be relaxed in order to sleep well. About 46% of American reported sleeplessness due to their stress level. Stress could be caused by work, relationships, health, and really a lot of things. So here are some things that could help you relax before bed. There are a lot a good ways to relax before bed. One thing you can try is to picture yourself asleep. Ok, that kind of sounds like a simple answer but imagining yourself in a peaceful sleep can actually put you in a state of relaxation. Another way to relax is by doing yoga or meditation. We know meditation is boring but that’s kind of the point. And exercise, not just yoga, is a great stress reliever. Also taking a hot shower or bath before bed is a great way to relax. You can also stick to one of the classics, counting sheep. Focusing your brain on one thing can help power it down.
Just Relax

    Stress is everywhere, but that doesn’t mean you have to share a bed with it. A few sips of chamomile tea or a few yoga stretches before bed can help you relax and allow you to sleep.

  Sweet Dreams!