When it comes to your overall health and well-being, a good night's sleep is essential. However, when you are under stress or tension - consciously or unconsciously - your night's sleep can directly suffer. Stress can affect your sleep in several ways, from difficulty falling asleep to reducing your sleep quality.
The first way stress affects your sleep is when you fall asleep. Stress can cause an increase in adrenaline , making you more alert or feeling restless — when you actually want to relax and fall asleep peacefully. This can be further exacerbated by worrying about the causes of your stress and your bad night's sleep itself, and so you keep busy...
Unfortunately, once you fall asleep, we are not yet freed from the influence of stress. Tension and stress can also affect your sleep quality itself. The chance of restless sleep, dreams or nightmares increases, which means you will get less restorative sleep. If this makes you feel more tired or stressed during the day, this also leads to a vicious circle.
The good news is that we can do a number of things to reduce the effect of stress on our sleep. First, it's important to take time to relax before bed. This can be done by taking a warm bath, reading a book or doing some light stretching exercises. It can also help to practice some deep breathing or mindfulness techniques.
In addition, ingredients such as ashwagandha and magnesium can further support your body to reduce the effect of stress on your body. Of course, worrying less is easier said than done. By better protecting your body against the influence of stress , you will notice that you regain more control over your sleep and that - by being better rested - your stress will have less influence on your night's sleep.
Finally, it is important to remember that stress is a normal part of life. By taking the time to relax and better protect your body against stress, you can significantly improve your night's sleep. Which in turn will lead to better overall health and well-being.
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Pharmacist Dirk Christiaen
Founder of Metis Supplements