Wednesday, August 10, 2011

How to Eliminate Stress with Sleep

Are you feeling irritable, having trouble coping with people, feeling sluggish, stressed, not as productive, and having trouble concentrating. These are all just the immediate symptoms of not getting enough sleep. Did you know that many specialists believe Americans are sleep deprived, and that prolonged periods of not getting enough rest can lead to other more serious problems?

Stress May Cause Problems Such As:
  • Weakened Immune System
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Stress

Benefits of Sleep

It is hard to imagine that being sleep deprived can contribute to these problems. The role of sleep in our lives cannot be overstated. For best performance at work and home, we all need to optimize our quality of sleep. The amount of stress you feel during the day can be greatly magnified when you do not get enough rest.

Sleeping repairs your body. Did you know that there 2 types of sleep. You have Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep.² Each serves an important purpose to the rejuvenation process the body goes through nightly. The mind has various activities that we don't know much about, that may take place while dreaming. Sleep allows the brain to relax and helps you to feel more refreshed and ready for a busy day.

How To Eliminate Stress With Sleep?

Sleep is the time when your brain processes many thoughts. It's the reason you can wake up with answers to questions that were before unanswerable. Sleep is the time when the body rejuvenates and heals itself.
  • One of the reasons for temporary sleeplessness is the fact that thoughts are racing through your mind. These may be thoughts of what will be your actions for the next day, or worries about what you've not yet done, or fears of what might be coming down the pike. A good way to begin your rest for the night is to calm your thoughts, slow your brain down so that you can fall asleep. Sleep doesn't stop your brain from working; in fact it improves your brain's ability to function in the many capacities that it must.
  • Many things affect adequate sleep including foods and drinks and medications. It's important to get good sleep naturally because sleep aids often suppress stages of sleep that the body needs to regain is optimal condition for the next day. By restricting the complete process, you may function poorly at home, at work and in social settings. And this will increase your stress levels.
  • Your bed clothes make a difference in your quality of sleep. Clean hypo-allergenic pajamas, sheets, pillowcases and mattress covers decrease your chances of breathing in irritants.
  • While you may like to have light in the room, studies have shown that darkness is optimal for sound sleep.
  • Your body has an optimal number of sleep hours. For adults this is from 7 to 9 hours. Learn what your optimal number of hours is, and take the time to sleep. Don't shortchange your sleep time to get ahead of the day; it will only put you behind in the long run.

*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

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