Do you suffer from stress? If you answer this with ‘yes’ then it’s quite likely you are not getting enough sleep, or quality sound sleep. Sometimes it’s difficult to know which came first, the stress or the lack or sleep. We can actually place stress alongside sleep as the two are so very important to each other. Tired people do not think or function well and therefore lack of sleep can cause them to be restless and irritable, and anyone feeling like this is prone to becoming stressed in the simplest of situations.
Good sleep is imperative to good health and that’s official. Adults who suffer from a chronic state of tension often suffer stress related symptoms and illness. It’s now a well known fact that folks who sleep well, not only feel and function better than those that don’t, but are less likely to react negatively in stressful situations.
I went through a period where I was constantly agitated and impatient, and found it easy to blame the way I was on the people, places, and things around me. However, after eventually seeking professional help for stress, it was quickly pointed out to me that I was agitated because I was in a constant state of sleep depravation. I always thought that the stress levels were making me tired and I never thought for an instant that it could be the other way around.
Looking a little deeper into the causes for my lack of sleep it was soon revealed that my bed was the main cause for this debilitating condition. Sure, I was sleeping at night, but I wasn’t sleeping well. I had had the same bed for many years and it was sagging and un-supporting. During those sleeping hours I was tossing and turning all through the night as I attempted to reposition myself into a more comfortable position. I would never have thought that changing a bed would have such a drastic positive impact on the way I functioned during those daytime hours.
There are a multitude of reasons why people are stressed, and an interrupted sleep pattern is just one of them, but it’s one that’s more common than many would ever have realized. If you find that stress is making you tired then you are probably too stressed to sleep and it’s this knock on effect that causes so many of us stress related problems.
If you’re having trouble with stress but are otherwise in good overall health, it’s definitely worth taking a look at your bed, your bedding items, and the décor of your bedroom, as all 3 could be contributing to your state of anxiety or nervous tension. Another factor to look at is diet, which can also be a somewhat latent cause of undue stress.
Although the 21st century seems to cruelly dish out a lifestyle that comes with lots of stress related situations as the norm, no one needs to go through as much stress discomfort as they do. It’s often a case of pausing, taking a deep breath, and looking at the root cause of the problem (and there will be one!).
Once the problem is identified a solution(s) can be sought. If in doubt, seek professional medical help without delay, and before you know it an improvement in your overall performance and personal relationships will give you a fresh new perspective on the way you live your life.