How Not to Let Stress Mess With Your Sleep
By Stepy Kamei
We all live different lifestyles, so it makes sense that we all have different ways of incorporating healthy habits and routines into our daily lives. Still, there are some basic, fundamental facts when it comes to healthy living, including the need for deep, restful sleep. Unfortunately, given the current circumstances worldwide, it can be difficult to sleep well. Stress and anxiety levels are spiking, understandably so. Unfortunately, stress can have a very noticeable impact on many aspects of life -- especially sleep. Keep on reading to pick up some useful tips on getting a good night's rest every night, despite any stress you may be feeling.
Build Up a Healthy Nighttime Routine
When you create a routine for yourself in the hour or two before bed, you can decrease feelings of stress while preparing your body for sleep. Routines tend to provide a calming effect, and in these chaotic times, any form of stability can be quite calming and soothe anxiety.
Take this time to experiment with things you can do in the hour before bed in order to help calm your nerves and signal to your body that it's time to sleep. It's a good idea to turn off all electronics to start. You may want to try reading a book, taking a bath, or brewing a cup of herbal tea with honey. There are plenty of short nighttime yoga routines you can try that may provide further relaxation. Soon, you'll figure out a routine that works well for you and reduces your stress.
Limit News and Information Intake
There's a lot of new information coming at all of us, very quickly. The relentless negative news cycle can be overwhelming and can make us feel powerless. It's important to keep up with the news in order to stay informed, but it's even more important to set limits for yourself so your stress doesn't skyrocket out of control. Try to set aside a specific limited time frame each day to check the news. Or have a trusted loved one provide you with only the most important updates you need.
Eat and Drink Right
It's easy to fall into bad eating and drinking habits as a way to cope with stress. Unfortunately, turning to comfort foods -- which tend to be full of fat, salt, and sugar -- can increase production of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, ultimately making things worse, since cortisol is also known to reduce sleep quality. Be sure to continue to stick with a healthy diet as much as possible, and avoid turning to alcohol in excessive amounts to help you sleep, as it can actually prevent you from getting deep, restorative sleep.
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