May it be exams, an upcoming job interview or even a busy time at work – from time to time we all suffer from stress. But stress isn’t it all bad, it can sometimes even encourage us to work to our best potential! However, when stress becomes too bad it can adversely affect how we sleep at night, which is extremely bad for our health and well-being. In fact, getting a poor night’s sleep when you’re stressed will actually make you more stressed making it a vicious circle.
Getting to sleep when you’re feeling stressed is incredibly important, which is why Big Brand Beds have put together our top tips on improving your sleep during stressful times. Simply following our calming tips and get your sleep back on-track:
1: Identify the Cause of Your Stress
Knowing why you’re stressed is the first step to helping you work through it. If it’s an up-coming exam make sure you have studied as much as you can in advance as this will help you relax. If you there is an illness or issue in the family try to talk to a friend. Expressing your stress out loud will make you feel much more at ease rather than bottling up your feelings. If you don’t want to tell anyone try writing your feelings down as this will have the same effect.
2: Give Yourself Time to Worry
Telling yourself not to think about something stressful is useless – you will only worry more. Instead set yourself a set amount of time a day to worry away without stopping yourself. Think through why you’re stressed, perhaps write a list – whatever you feel comfortable with. Most importantly don’t beat yourself up about being worried or stressed. You should also set aside time in your mind for your next “worry break”, your mind will relax and allow you to sleep in the meantime.
3: Plan Your Next Day in Advance
Planning exactly what you’re doing the next day can help you stress less at night. Whether this be planning your study schedule for the day or deciding how to tackle a workload at your job, planning eases the mind and might just let you become calm enough to fall asleep.
4: Try to Relax Well Before Bedtime
Bright lights and technology stimulates the mind. A couple of hours before bed you should dim the lights in your home and try to ditch technology with work emails or social media. Instead try to have a relaxing bath, try some yoga, listen to some relaxing music or read a book.
5: Have a Set Bedtime Every Night
Our bodies love routine, providing a sleep routine for yours will help you get to sleep even if you’re feeling stressed. Scientists have found that the most regenerative hours of sleep occurs between 10pm and 2am so try not to stay up too late at night.
6: Left-Nostril Breathing
It might seem silly, but certain forms of yoga say that breathing out your left nostril can have a calming effect on your body. Cover your right nostril and take deep, slow breathes out your left nostril 26 times. This breathing technique can help relax your body and allow you to get to sleep.
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