Stress and sleep are not a match made in heaven and while your new mattress might provide a little comfort, it cannot prevent sleepless stress induced nights. Read this to find out more about how stress could be damaging your sleep.
Stress is something we have all dealt with in our lives, chances are you may have been dealing with it today as well. Not only is the initial overwhelming pressure the effect of stress, it also affects your sleep as well.
New beds for sale can be designed with the very best materials but that doesn’t mean that they can completely remove your stress. No new beds will be able to heal a stressed mind but if your bed is a little worn, it is not going to help the issues you are facing.
Stress is part of modern living and as we continue to live faster lives, and continue having to deal with all of the pressures that come with living such lives, stress is no longer left at the office. And then there are other stresses that we are also having to deal with; family, children and life in general. While you might not feel the effects of stress, you might notice the subtle ways that stress can sneak into your life.
Your sleep is the first area of your life where stress can infiltrate and cause unwelcome issues. Did you know that stress and insomnia are very closely related? Stress release certain hormones that are known to cause hyperarousal, which can disrupt your sleep. It is natural to have a little bit of stress, but when it starts to have a massive effect on your health that you need to take a step back and decide where the changes need to be made.
When you are stressed out, or suffering from anxiety, you are likely to find that your mind simply cannot stop racing. And a mind that is spinning out of control is one that will not find rest.
So what can you expect when you are stressing?
It is always best to know as much as possible about the effects that stress can have on your life. Did you know that when you are stressing your immune system is going to take a knock while a lack of sleep due to stress will give your immune system a similar shock?
Here are some of the ways that stress can have an effect on your sleep.
Effects of stress on sleep:
- You lose hours: Since you’re lying wide awake in bed due to stress, tossing and turning all night; you are losing the hours in which you should be sleeping. This will make you feel sluggish and lazy the next day, while the long-term effects could be detrimental to your health as well. While there is no standard number of sleep hours you should be logging, the recommended number is between 6 and 9 hours.
- It messes with sleep quality: Not only do you lose hours due to stress, you also end up having a low-quality sleeping experience. According to some research, about 42 % of adults report getting fair or poor quality sleep when they’re stressed (according to studies in the United States). This means that around 42% of adults might be suffering from changes in their moods and general unhappiness due to stress.
- Increased Risk of Insomnia: And it can get even worse. Not only does it have the aforementioned bad effects on your sleep, but stress may rob you of your sleep completely. Yes, that’s right, no sleep at all. Those who have an ongoing stress experience are more susceptible to insomnia. And each stress stimulus increases the risk by 19 percent. It’s really not worth living such a worry-filled life when you look at how bad things can get when you spend your days stressed and worried.
- Mental Overdrive: When you’re about to fall asleep, your body and mind automatically switch from the lively and awake sympathetic nervous system to the more peaceful, sleep ready parasympathetic nervous system. However, when you throw stress in the mix, that switch doesn’t happen and your nervous system remains in the hyperactive stage, leaving you wide awake. The mental stimulation that you experience can also contribute to waking up all throughout the night. With being able to properly shut off, your sleep is likely to be interrupted throughout the night.
- It creates a cycle: A few days of stress are normal, we all have some days like those. But if we’re not careful then that stress can create a vicious cycle of sleepless nights. You’re stressed, so you can’t sleep, and then your lack of sleep makes you more stressed, and so on. When you are working in a high pressured environment or when you are having to deal with stress in other areas of your life, be sure to have an outlet or a way out of the situation completely.
Of course, all this sounds bad, but we all know from experience that sometimes things are out of our control and so we can’t avoid being stressed. But you do need sleep, and although stress can seem like a never-ending condition, you are not completely without your options. While it might take some time to completely reclaim your mind and start over, there are a few things that you can do before you go to bed each night to help find peace before bed.
Here are some ways you can de-stress yourself before you sleep.
- Sometimes you just need to take a breather, and while you’re at it, you can inhale the scent of some lavender as its floral smell relaxes the body and has even been known to help with insomnia.
- Yoga and meditation are some of the most widely known and implemented relaxation techniques, used by people all around the world. Engaging in a few of these techniques before bed will relax your body and mind before you sleep.
- Try to clear your mind before you sleep. Write your thoughts on a piece of paper and then throw it away, or better, burn it! This trick will help you clear your mind of negative thoughts. A clear mind is a more sleep ready mind.
- Take some calming deep breaths, this activates your body’s naturally calming parasympathetic systems. Then you will fall asleep easily. It’s also a good idea to take deep, “belly” breaths throughout the day when you start to feel stressed. It will help you later on.
At The Mattress Warehouse, we are passionate about sleep as we know it is one of the most important functions your body has. We have a wide selection of new beds for sale and new mattresses for sale. Sometimes, all you need is a new bed so visit us to find the right one for your sleep needs.
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