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Is Stress Robbing You Of Sleep?

By June 30, 2013

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Do you find yourself experiencing sleep problems? Are you exhausted, but can't fall asleep, or are so overscheduled that you don't take the time for sleep, or you wake up in the night stressing over your life and can't get back to sleep? Oftentimes when sleep is an issue, lifestyle stress is the culprit.

Stress can affect sleep in a few different ways. Some people find that when they're stressed, they wake up in the night or have fitful dreams, playing out their stressors during the night and waking up less than well-rested. Others find that they can't stand the quiet space before sleep, when all of the stressors they're trying not to think about come rushing to the fore, so they unconsciously put off bedtime until they know they'll fall hard into sleep. Some find that the same forces that keep them stressed, such as a too-busy schedule, leave them with too little time to sleep. Whatever the reason, it's important to get enough sleep, as we end up feeling even more reactive to stress (and more prone to creating new stressors for ourselves) when we're operating from a place of sleep deprivation.

While there are many pharmaceutical options out there, sometimes certain stress-relieving strategies work just as well, and bring with them other positive side effects. Learning to relax more easily can only have positive effects, and can likely make sleep come more naturally as well.

Read more about sleep and sleep problems in this article about stress and sleep.

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Do you get enough sleep? And what happens to you if you don't? Share your thoughts on sleep in the comments section, or pass this on using the 'share' button. Sweet dreams!

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Comments
July 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm
(1) Jacqueline says:

My sleep has been seriously screwed up by stress for the past few weeks. Will definitely use these tips! Another helpful article on how to beat stress-induced sleeplessness: http://www.womentowomen.com/adrenalhealth/naturalsleepinghelp.aspx

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