In every post I emphasize the importance of sleep. Well it’s true and yet we all seem to ignore it. Sleep is an important resource that keeps us healthy, mentally sharp, and be able to cope with stress more effectively. Unfortunately, stressed and busy people tend to get less sleep than they need. It’s a self perpetuating process.
There are the few common reasons why people are screaming stress.
The fact is that we all do it, some more than others and probably women more than men. We’ve probably experienced at some time spirals of thoughts that lead to aimless rumination and often results in feelings of anxiety and hyperactivity or sleepless nights. It’s time for bed and you’re comfortably tucked yourself in when slowly, and at first unconsciously, distracting thoughts creep into your head. The only things that is in your head now, rather than sleep, is work or bills or whether you’ve locked the front door.
Sometimes it can be so hard to wind down and stop thinking about things and this can make sleep so much more difficult.
Like overthinking, anxiety can make sleep difficult and wake you up at night. Your mind is constantly busy imagining threatening scenarios and worrying about what may happen next. You become obsessed with finding solutions. That racing of your mind can rob you of sleep by keeping your levels high, making sleep harder to achieve.
Have you found yourself in a situation where you have too much to do and not enough hours in the day? A hectic, busy life can rob you of time you can actually dedicate to sleep. If you find yourself pushing your bed time back further and further to get things done, or getting up earlier and earlier in the name of productivity, you may feel tired a lot of the time but not realize the toll lack of sleep is taking.
People under stress tend to consume significant amounts of caffeine to get a boost that gives them that morning jolt or helps them make it through the day. It’s like you get an injection of adrenaline into your system, giving you a temporary boost, but possibly making you fatigued and depressed later. Caffeine can actually exacerbate stress levels and significantly affect the amount and quality of sleep you get. Did you know caffeine can stay in the body for up to 10 hours after consumption?
The good old relax and wind down before bed. Get nice and comfy and smooth sail through the night. Things are important, but nothing is more important than your health. Remember, there is always tomorrow!