Regulating Sleep to Manage Stress

  • Publish date: Sunday، 30 October 2022 Last update: Saturday، 18 March 2023
Regulating Sleep to Manage Stress

Sleep is an essential part of every complex living organism’s routine. Have you ever wondered why lack of sleep makes you feel low at times? or why it can affect your performance greatly? Everyone experiences stages in their lives where their anxieties and worries are at an all-time high. Taking care of your health will feel like a chore, it may even feel impossible to manage. There are certain things that we mustn’t neglect even if it may require discipline and strength, such as sleep. Sleep is one of the most important factors to keep an eye out for during emotionally and mentally challenging times, as well as everyday life. Sleeping is similar to recharging a device using the battery specifically curated for it, it allows the mind and body to refresh and rejuvenate. What is the importance of regulating sleep and how to improve your sleep? Find out in this article.

Importance of Regulating Sleep

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A function known as the Circadian Rhythm informs your body when it requires rest and when it is wakefulness. Circadian Rhythm operates day and night to ensure the body knows what it needs to rest and sleep. Adenosine is a compound within the brain that induces sleepiness, causes the body to feel less energized, and leads the body to become more tired.

When such compounds are released, it is crucial to provide the body with what it is seeking! Otherwise, it will not be able to function efficiently over time. In addition, not having enough sleep may cause mental and physical effects that will lead to stress and tiredness.

Sleep and Stress Hormones

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As difficult as it may be to manage your sleeping schedule when experiencing stress and anxiety, it will only become more challenging to navigate through this stress with little to no rest. It is an odd phenomenon the more stress you experience, the more difficult sleeping becomes. And the less sleep you receive, the more stress you experience, and it goes back and forth between the two.

It’s been established that managing these two components together is quite the challenge for many of us. However, it has become clear that there needs to be a middle ground. It is also essential to note that lack of sleep will undoubtedly decrease your ability to think correctly and navigate your problems, creating memory loss and impatience.

Ways to Improve Sleep

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There are certain measures that need to be taken into consideration to develop healthy sleeping habits. The most important step to take is creating consistency, therefore, you must try to sleep and wake up around the same time every day. Your body will naturally begin to become familiar with this, you will find yourself getting sleepier during a certain time of the day. As you do this, understand that it will take time for your body to adjust to a new sleep routine. Actions are formed into habits once they are repeated often, you should try to stay conscious, and mtent with the times you would like to sleep and rest so that they form into reoccurring habits. Here are some things to keep in mind when fixing your sleep:

  • Reduce your screen time at night.
  • Keep the lights down to a minimum.
  • Avoid naps during the day.
  • Exercise before sleep.
  • Decrease caffeine consumption.
  • Avoid pulling all-nighters. 

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