- by Dr Reginald Varadarajulu VSM
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- Jul 08 2017
How does stress affect your sleep
Know how one affects the other:
Stress can influence your life in many ways, including negatively disturbing the quality of your sleep. It makes sense: You go to bed, feeling anxious and worrying, which makes it almost difficult for you to relax and silent your mind enough to fall asleep. That is why people use the phrase “losing sleep over something”. That is also a reason why individuals who undergo chronic stress day in and day out have poorer sleep quality, sleep very little and find it difficult to function well during the day.
Sadly, this cycle will only prolong and get worse: Your body boosts its levels of stress hormones, if you do not have sufficient sleep at night. The brain chemicals Related with deep sleep are the same ones that indicate the body to stop the manufacturing of stress hormones. As an outcome, when you don’t have enough sleep, your body keeps pumping out those hormones. You feel more stressed the next day, the same night you find it difficult to fall asleep, and so on. Even adverse, stress hormones top in early evening and afternoon —just when you should be preparing for sleep and relaxing.
In addition to that, the more tired you feel, the less you’re able to focus at home and at work, resulting to even more stress. You’re also likelier to cause stress over relationships by snapping at your friends and family.
More drawbacks to all this stress? Individuals who have high, extended levels of stress have higher risk of depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, stomach issues, a weakened immune system and more. They are also more likely to clench or grind their teeth, which can lead to dental issues.
That’s why it’s so crucial, if you feel overly stressed, to try different stress relief methods and to make getting plenty of sleep a high priority. The good news is that there are many simple methods that you can try tonight!
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