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Lack of Sleep and Stress: A Vicious Circle

When you don’t get enough rest, do you feel irritable and rushed in the morning? Do you start stressing out over how your day has already begun, and you sleepcatare already dead dog tired. Does this add to your anxiety and stress? Did you know that poor sleep and stress are closely related?

Your personal life is hectic and busy.

Do you feel like that from the minute you wake until the second your head hits your pillow at night, stress is your BFF. When you go to bed you can’t stop your mind from racing, which leads to a lack of quality sleep. You didn’t sleep well, so you wake up stressed out about the day.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Millions suffer from poor sleep patterns that lead to stress, and daily stress that leads to poor sleep patterns.

The Stress/Sleep Connection

Stress causes “hyperarousal” basically it’s telling your mind to be on high alert.

Your mind believes it has noticed something that will hurt you. This could be a co-worker who is moving up the corporate ladder faster than you, the fact that you are running late to pick up your kids from school, or you feel like your body isn’t’ changing fast enough or you aren’t doing enough to hit your goals.

Your mind simply will not let you fall to sleep, until your mind and body are so exhausted that you crash. This can lead to an incomplete sleep cycle without the REM stage, which is why you feel so tired and exhausted when you wake up in the morning after a night of poor sleep.

You get a great night’s rest. You feel empowered, energetic and ready to go in the morning. Then you have an incredibly stressful day. Even though your previous night’s rest prepared your body properly for the day, experiencing high levels of stress has once again released cortisol and other stress-related hormones.

So, when you hit your bed that night, sleep never comes. You begin the following day tired and beat, not at your best mentally and physically.

Stopping the Cycle

What are the stressors in your life? In most cases, with most people, the things that cause you stress are identifiable. Avoid that angry co-worker, stop eating those mid-day, sugar-filled treats that cause you to crash and burn in the afternoon and get behind in your work. If your messy, cluttered home or office causes you mental stress, clean it up.

What are some of your stress triggers? Leave a comment below.

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