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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