What’s the relationship between stress and sleep?

What’s the relationship between stress and sleep?

Author -  Good Health

Tossing and turning when you can’t get to sleep is horrible! No matter how many times you flip the pillow to the ‘cold side’ or roll over just ‘once more’, it can feel like you’re never going to switch off. If your mind is still buzzing it can be tough to get to sleep. Read on to connect the dots between stress and a lack of sleep – and how you can help overcome the problem to get in your z’s.

Anxiety leads to a lack of sleep and lack of sleep inevitably causes tension and stress. Over time this can develop into anxiety – a rather vicious cycle when you think about it like that! We all know how important a good sleep is as it’s essential to maintaining good health. Lack of sleep has been linked to an increase in diseases particularly cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and weight gain.

If you’re not getting enough sleep, this can decrease your immunity, making you more susceptible to colds and flu. When we are asleep our bodies use this time to repair our organs and tissues.

Think of sleep in the way you take your car for a tune up.  Regular tune-ups keep your car running smoothly so the same can be said for sleep and your body.


Top Two Interruptors of Sleep:

1. Nutritional deficiencies

Deficiencies such as inadequate levels of the relaxing minerals like magnesium and calcium can disrupt your sleep. If you’re lacking in these you might also be prone to experiencing anxiety.

2. Too many stimulants

Particularly later in the day, stimulants such as caffeine, guarana and taurine can keep you wired into the night. Stimulants are not limited to chemical compounds either. Working late, exercising in the evenings or looking at a computer screen for too long can prevent the body from winding down.

What’s on offer in terms of stress relief?

There’s a plethora of ‘stress relievers’ that can range from supplements to exercise, and even to an elimination diet. Many people will find that cutting back on stimulants such as coffee, Coke, cigarettes and alcohol will help you feel like a weight is off your shoulders very quickly.

The reality is though, that any solutions for resolving and diminishing anxiety and sleep disorders are most effective when tailored to the individual. For example, yoga might work for one person, but actually not do the trick for someone else.

Another key one is taking time out before bed to wind down. Rather than reading on a laptop or tablet, you’re better to go with the old fashioned paperback and a warm, relaxing drink (i.e. not dowsed in sugar!)

If you’re still seeking stress relief in the form of a supplement, try our Stress and Vitality Support to manage stress and nervous tension.

We also offer Fast Asleep which is clinically proven to assist stress management and support healthy sleep patterns.

Sweet dreams!

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