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Sleep and Stress

Posted on November 11, 2012 in Ways to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

The average American adult gets between six and seven hours of sleep on a typical night. While that might sound like a perfectly adequate amount, it is probably less than what your body really needs. To maintain optimum physical, psychological, and emotional health, most experts agree that you need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. If your sleep schedule allows you less than seven hours of sleep, you are depriving your body out of almost an entire night’s worth of sleep each week.

Sleep to Reduce Anxiety

Most individuals have experienced a night of poor, interrupted, or no sleep, for one reason or another: studying for a big test, anticipating an important meeting or big event, having a baby, or even just the stress and anxiety of life in a fast-paced world. When your body is denied the sleep it needs to recharge, the consequences can be severe. You might feel sluggish, tired, or irritable, and find it more difficult to cope with stress the next day. A lack of sleep can leave you in a mental fog, unable to concentrate, stay focused, and perform at your best. If you continue to deprive yourself of the sleep you so desperately need, these symptoms will only increase in intensity over time. You even run the risk of developing a more serious condition, like depression, an anxiety disorder, or a number of other psychological disorders.

Fortunately, the benefits of adequate sleep are numerous and can lead to a much healthier life. When you allow your body a regular schedule of seven to nine hours of sleep per night, you will notice increased energy as well as heightened mental and physical acuity. You will feel better, be better able to function in your daily tasks and manage stress and anxiety. Establishing good sleep habits is essential to living a healthy life, and it’s probably much easier than you think.

By making a few minor but important changes, you will be sleeping – and living – better in no time. Begin by scheduling your sleep; determine the seven- to nine-hour block of time each night that you will reserve for sleeping only. Remember that, no matter how busy your schedule is, sleep is important. It needs to be a top priority for you. Once you have your schedule determined, stick to it. You’ll notice that waking up on time in the morning gets much easier when you’ve gotten enough sleep the night before. Make it easier to fall asleep by removing any obstacles from the process: avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol (which can compromise the quality of your sleep) within a few hours of your designated bed time. Keep your bedroom free of distractions and stress; don’t pay bills, use your computer, or watch TV where you want to sleep. Establishing a bedtime routine can help you ease into sleep; try a cup of herbal tea, reading, or even quiet meditation before bed.

Sleep is the foundation of good health. Start every day well-rested and at your best!

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