What to do if stress is getting in the way sleep
Stress can wreak havoc on your sleep. It gets you worked up and makes it difficult for your mind and body to relax.
When you lay down to try and rest your mind races. Even after you've fallen asleep, you may find yourself waking up throughout the night. Prolonged stress and lack of sleep can have unhealthy consequences, so it's important to figure out how to destress and get rest.
If you're feeling stressed, consider what you do prior to going to sleep. It's a good idea to find ways to help let go of this stress so that you can rest easy. Develop a healthy bedtime routine that includes things like meditation, deep breathing, journaling, taking a warm bath, listening to soothing music, or reading a comforting book.
Don't indulge in things that could make you more anxious prior to sleep, like logging onto social media, watching an exciting show, playing a game, or getting into a debate. You want to do your best to gravitate toward the things that will help your mind release the stress and anxiety before you hit the sheets.
Make sure you're avoiding caffeine too close to bedtime as it can increase anxiety and make your mind more alert. You also may want to consider drinking an herbal tea about 45 minutes to an hour prior to bed. Setting yourself a regular bedtime schedule can help you commit to more regular sleep as well, and get your mind into the habit of drifting off and waking up at the same time every day.
Beyond what you do before bed, you need to consider how you can reduce stress daily. Consider sticking to a regular fitness routine. That will help increase feel-good hormones while allowing you to let go of stress. Set aside time to think about the concerns that are bothering you. Take time to work through these stressors and, if necessary, write them down. Taking time to process earlier in the day can help you avoid doing so right before bed.
Feeling stressed and anxious can certainly impact sleep in a negative way, which is why it's important to find something that works well for you. If you're very overwhelmed or dealing with anxiety, you may want to talk with a medical professional about your options. You may also consider getting medical assistance if nothing you're doing is helping you sleep better.
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- Jeremiah Stettler