Something that we all need and love: sleep. Sleep is like a magic potion that heals your body and mind.
Something that we all need and love: sleep. Sleep is like a magic potion that heals your body and mind. But when you’re stressed, your sleep can turn into a nightmare. Literally. Here’s what happens:
Stress puts your body on high alert, which pumps up hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones make you feel wired and restless, but they also keep you from falling asleep and staying asleep.
Stress messes up your circadian rhythm, which is your natural clock that tells you when to sleep and when to wake up. Stress can make you toss and turn all night, wake up too early, or have irregular sleep patterns.
Stress lowers the quality and quantity of your sleep. Stress can make you miss out on deep sleep and REM sleep, which are essential for healing and memory. Stress can also cause you to have more bad dreams, night sweats, or snoring.
Lack of sleep can then make you more stressed, creating a vicious cycle. Lack of sleep can affect your mood, memory, concentration, immunity, appetite, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart health.
Here are some tips and tricks that can help you sleep better and stress less:
Stick to a sleep schedule.
Pay attention to what you eat and drink, close to bedtime.
Create a restful environment by making your bedroom cool, dark and comfortable.
Limit screen time before bed, do something relaxing instead.
Exercise during the day for at least 30 minutes.
Manage your worries: Stress can keep you up at night with racing thoughts and anxiety.
Jody Medor Health & Wellness Coaching