Not sleeping? Are you stressed? There could be a connection

Can’t believe we are past Valentine’s day already and headed towards March at an alarming speed? Still going through that January checklist while already putting together next months? Have you sent that email out yet? Do you have what you need for supper? What about take-away? Have the necessities been paid for? What about that project due tomorrow? Also, remember your show is on tonight, but you still need to visit your parents and stop at the garage to put petrol in.

The constant motion, thinking, and stress can be causing devastation to your sleep. We have all been there, smiling at relatable sleep deprived memes and then moving on to the next task at hand and then onto the next. Carrying on until we are exhausted and collapsing into bed, but still unable to sleep because our brains are too wide awake.

Our daily lives stress us out in various ways and comes in many forms formwork and personal responsibilities and it can come from questions like why am I not sleeping?

Common signs of stress include:

  • Depression

  • sleep problems

  • Tension

  • Anxiety

  • Work mistakes

  • Poor concentration

  • Among many others.

If stress is not managed properly, it can affect your health both physically and mentally.

Stress prevents you from logging adequate hours of sleep. It makes us toss and turn and unfortunately, those restless hours add up.  It also tends to mess with the quality of sleep we get. Stress could rob you of sleep entirely, by upping your risk of developing insomnia. Those who experience ongoing stress are more susceptible to insomnia.

When you fall asleep, your body switches from its active sympathetic nervous system to the calmer parasympathetic nervous system. However, this gets interrupted by stress. When you're overly worried, the sympathetic nervous system doesn't shut down, and your brain remains hyperactive, giving you that wide awake feeling.

Getting adequate sleep is an important step in managing stress. A good night's sleep enables you to tackle the day's stress more easily. When you are tired, you are less patient and more easily agitated, which can increase stress. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Practicing good sleep hygiene along with stress-lowering tactics can help improve your quality of sleep.