The Undeniable Correlation Between Sleep and Stress & How to Improve Both
Let’s address the effects of chronic sleep and stress and look into solutions, shall we?
Chronic lack of sleep spans much further than simply feeling a bit sluggish the next day:
- Appetite problems: lack of hunger during the morning/daytime and insatiable hunger in the evenings.
- Loss of willpower: feeling demotivated and giving into cravings.
- Emotional eating: existing emotional eating is heightened.
- Problems with memory: issues recalling knowledge and retaining new knowledge.
- Slowed reaction time: this is akin to driving drunk.
- Lowered physical performance: day-to-day walking and workouts are harder to perform.
- Unstable mood: mood swings and irritability.
Here are ways to improve sleep patterns:
- Having a workout routine that is sustainable and efficient can work wonders for enhancing the quality of your sleep, but optimizing your sleep can also work wonders for the quality and sustainability of your workout routine.
- It takes a few seconds to diffuse essential oils to create a spa-like atmosphere in your room. Some favorites include lavender oil and chamomile oil.
- Keeping a journal by your bed may also help release any worries or to-do items you do not want to forget so that you can rest easily without stressing over those things all night. For me, a worry/anxiety section with a solutions column works wonders to calm my mind which has no semblance of brakes unless imposed by some light force (like writing it out).