Get Some Sleep to Reduce Stress
Get some sleep to reduce stress...Easier said than done, right? I’ve had many a night where the lights were
turned off, I laid down in bed, and my mind went in to overdrive. It’s when the gremlins appear, reminding me
of the day’s challenges, the people who have gotten the best of me, and just
about anything that has caused my stress levels to “go to the moon.” I’ve tried counting sheep until I was ready
to turn them into sweaters.
The paradox is that sleep is
crucial when it comes to reducing stress. If you don’t get the right amount of
sleep, your mind and body cannot function properly.
Get Some Sleep:
Okay, so how do we break this
To get better sleep, start
exercising on a regular basis. While exercise may give you energy throughout
the day, it can actually help you fall asleep faster as well as improve the
quality of your sleep. Melissa and I walk five miles a day, six days
a week. If I don’t feel like walking,
she threatens to burn my feet (just kidding!).
Some people find that exercising in
the evening causes them to be wired, and
they can’t get to sleep. If you fall into this camp of people, consider
exercising in the morning. This way, you’ll use that energy burst throughout
the day, giving you time to become tired.
Try to avoid using alcohol in
excess. Alcohol can affect your breathing and heart
rate – making it very uncomfortable to lie in bed. Without the alcohol, your sleep will be more
even and will allow you to sleep throughout the night.
Avoid eating anything and other
stimulants (caffeine, sugar, nicotine) before bedtime. These things will only feed the problem by revving
up your system and causing indigestion.
I’ve been here and know how awful I’ve felt by breaking these
TURN OFF THE ELECTRONICS AND SOCIAL
MEDIA AT LEAST 1 HOUR BEFORE BEDTIME! Doing so
will give your mind and body time to decompress. This is a non-negotiable if
sleep is what you want.
See a doctor if you have sleeping
problems that persist. Not getting enough sleep can affect your immune system
and make you more susceptible to health problems. Sleep recharges the body and
allows it to function properly, including building up antibodies to fight off
If you do resort to seeing a
doctor, he or she may recommend medication to help you sleep. Ironically, you may wake up feeling drowsy and
have trouble staying awake during the day! This
may help your sleep problems in the short term but won’t do much to fix the reason(s) why you aren’t sleeping.
Press your doctor for alternative solutions if drugs are being prescribed.
Consider learning meditation as
that can relax the mind. It’s much easier to get good sleep when the mind is
relaxed than when it is thinking about
all of the problems you are facing. Meditation won’t solve those problems. But,
getting to sleep can help you to come up with solutions faster.
And it certainly beats having mean thoughts towards sheep.
Better Some Sleep, Get More ZZZZZZZs