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Stress Affects Your Sleep

Stress is everywhere. There’s no escaping it. We live in a fast-paced society that distributes quite a bit of stress to the masses. It might be a job that’s causing it or a test coming up. It might even be family or friend related. Could be the bumper-to-bumper traffic and commute you deal with each day. Whatever the case, stress affects your sleep.

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Insomnia

According to the National Sleep Foundation, stress can be a major factor for insomnia. When we’re high-strung and anxious, our bodies are not ready to calm down enough for rest. The tossing and turning at night can even cause more stress, making the bedroom a place of anxiety, not peace. This should never be the case.

More Stress, Less Sleep

The more stress you have and the less you sleep, the more stress you’ll end up having. Now that’s what I call a vicious cycle! Sleep.org states that the same hormones that cause stress are the same ones that cause less stress when we’re in a deep sleep.

 

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Daily Struggle

Without proper sleep, we can’t function. We dose off at work. We can’t focus. We’re easily agitated. Things just seem harder than they need to be. Because of this, it leads to even more stress on the mind and body, leading to that vicious cycle.

“Okay sir, you’ve made your point. What do I do about it?”

There are solutions to these problems, believe it or not. Most of it has to do with stress management or going to your doctor for further study. Lack of sleep is dangerous to our health, so why not get proper treatment?

Here are a few solutions:

  • Don’t go to bed unless you can fall asleep within 20 minutes
  • Read a book
  • Take a warm/hot shower
  • Workout to relieve stress
  • Eat walnuts and almonds
  • Get a sleep study

For that last one we can actually help you directly. The ENT Institute provides at-home sleep studies so the physician can know if you have sleep apnea or something else. From there, sleep disorder treatment is always an option.

Watch the short video about sleep studies: 

If you want to know more about sleep studies and sleep treatment, fill out the form at the top of the page for email updates and information. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for a sleep-study, call 770-740-1860. Stress affects your sleep in so many ways, why wait to find treatment? 

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