By: Brooke Altstatt
Stress can cause many issues, including sleep deprivation. Not getting enough zzz’s every night can cause daily functions to be impacted; including, awareness, judgment, reaction time and motivation.
The human body gives signs that stress is affecting sleep quality; including, restless thoughts, tightened muscles and racing heart rate during the night, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Fortunately, even if you are having stress-related sleep issues, there is hope for getting a peaceful night of rest. Establishing a pre-bedtime routine can help your body relax and get ready for bed. This routine can include a nightly warm bath, listening to soft music or drinking a soothing cup of caffeine-free tea.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, if you have difficulty falling asleep, relaxation exercises and techniques can help calm your mind and body. These techniques include breathing exercises and guided imagery.
- Breathing Exercise: Focus on your breathing by visualizing the flow of air as it passes through your mouth, throat, down into your belly, and back out again. If your mind wanders to another worry or thought, let it go and gently redirect your attention back to your breath.
- Guided Imagery: Guided imagery helps focus attention on a peaceful image or story that can guide your mind into peace and into a restful mindset. Visualizing a calming memory, scene or story can help assist restful sleep.
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