Signs you’re too Stressed to Sleep.

Sleep can be an elusive thing for a lot of people. There are many factors that contribute to this problem, but one of the biggest is the fact that you just may be too stressed. Here are the ways you can tell if you are in fact too stressed and some ways to also help you to unwind so that wonderful thing we call sleep can be your friend.

We tend to carry stress around in our muscles. It can show up as tension in our neck, shoulders, back or even in headaches. When you try to sleep while feeling all of this muscle tension, it is impossible to get to that relaxed state that your body needs to be in order to sleep. So how can you tell whether you’re too stressed to sleep soundly? Your body and mind are likely to give you some clues.  

You can’t turn off your busy mind.

Instead, you keep going over and over your stresses, worries, and frustrations, contemplating them from various angles. It’s almost like they’re playing on a continuous loop that you can’t shut off, which interferes with your ability to smoothly slip into slumber.

Your muscles are seriously tense.

If you’re experiencing muscle tension and pain, or stress-related aches such as neck and shoulder pain or headaches, it can be difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep. Complicating matters, poor sleep can set the stage for you to experience even more tension headaches and increased pain sensitivity the next day.

Your heart is racing.

A revved up or variable heart rate is a common stress symptom, and it’s associated with increased levels of cortisol as well as greater physical tension and increased autonomic arousal effects that are not conducive to falling asleep or sleeping well. On the contrary, it’s a setup for sleep disturbances.

Try spending some time doing relaxation exercises such as progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing before turning in for the night. You can help your body and mind dial down the stress. Also trying meditation before bedtime. This will help your mind and body to relax. You may try some basic yoga also. Warm baths are also a great way to help you unwind and destress from your day. Some caffeine free teas are also a suggestion.  There are many things you can do to prepare your body for rest. You just have to find the ones that work for you.

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