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How to reduce stress and enjoy restful sleep

December 31, 2020

How to reduce stress and enjoy restful sleep
 “If the problem can be solved why worry?
If the problem cannot be solved, worrying will do you no good.”
-Shantideva.

Trying to get good relaxing sleep during a stressful time is like flogging a dead horse. The stress will keep your brain from settling down, it won’t let you sleep till late in the night and will wake you up early. To add fuel to the fire, it can disturb your sleep with visions and nightmares. As a result, you would go to work too tired to do your job properly.

Sleep deprivation affects your mental and physical health. You don’t need to be diagnosed with a psychological disorder to feel the effects of stress and worry on your sleeping patterns. It is common for people suffering from anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders to have chronic sleep problems. About 50% to 80% of patients in a typical psychiatric practice suffer from chronic sleep problems compared to less than 18% of adults in the general population. 70% of adults have reported to go through stressful events or situations at least once everyday, so it makes sense that the general population are reporting to sleep lesser than in the previous decades.

Finding the cause.

Attempts to find what came first, the anxiety or disruption of sleep, results in the revelation that they share a codependent relationship. Which means that sleep problems alleviate anxiety & anxiety fuels the deprivation of sleep. Together, anxiety and sleep affect your performance emotionally, mentally & physically.

Considering the impact of sleep and anxiety on you, it becomes important to address them both effectively. If ignored, they can put you at a higher risk of missing work, injuring yourself & developing other health conditions such as hypertension & diabetes. Managing anxiety along with sleep problems will help you become more effective and productive in your work and life.

Tips for Improving Sleep and Managing Anxiety

Exercise – Some studies have found that regular exercise works as well as medication on some people to reduce their symptoms of anxiety and depression, also that the effects can be long lasting, Even one vigorous exercise session can help reduce symptoms for hours and a regular schedule may significantly reduce them over time.

Customise your environment – Researchers have identified a variety of practices and habits-known as “sleep hygiene” that can help you slumber in peace. Moderating the temperature, amount of noise and light becomes important. A quiet, dark and cool bedroom increases your chance to calm your mind and fall asleep.

Use the right mattress – The type of mattress each person needs can vary upon individual preferences. Memory foam mattresses can be preferred for their great support & body contouring. They have unique ability to assume a natural, neutral curvature and contributes to a well maintained spinal alignment. They also prevent the buildup of allergens like dust & dust mites and hence provide an excellent mattress solution to people concerned with indoor allergens.

With various materials & firmness levels available as options, Choosing the right mattress can be a daunting task. its best to consult a mattress expert before making a final decision. To get a free consultation & call back from one of our mattress experts, give us a missed call on +91 8880 095 095

Control caffeine and alcohol – Consuming large quantities of caffeine or drinking it late in the day can increase anxiety and inhibit sleep. Alcohol also has been found to increase your heart rate and can keep you up if consumed close to bedtime.

Calm your mind – There are nights when your brain is buzzing and not ready for sleep. In these times it is best to spend some time and engage in a relaxing activity. Take a warm bath, sit in a comfortable chair and listen too soft, calming music.

There are various other activities such as mindfulness meditation, yoga and breathing exercises that can help you achieve a calm mind and blissful sleep.

Ask for help – sometimes managing anxiety and sleep disorders can be more complicated than getting the required amount of exercise. Never hesitate to ask for help from your doctor. Medical practitioners can effectively treat such problems to restore your mind and body to healthy levels.

This blog does not provide medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on hypnosindia.com.

 


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