Stress can come at us from a million different angles — finances, health, lack of time, family problems, global issues — you name it. And stress can manifest in different ways, too. It can look show up in physical symptoms, mood problems, bad habits, or, commonly, having trouble sleeping.
Anxiety and stress have a knack for showing up at night when things quiet down and you are alone with your thoughts. Even if you are exhausted and ready for some rest, stress can pop up and keep you awake just when you need sleep the most.
So today, we’re going to talk about how to sleep better when you’re stressed.
3 Tips To Sleep Better When You’re Stressed
1. Good Sleep Habits
One of the best ways to make sure you are getting the sleep you need (which is especially important when life feels stressful) is to prioritize sleep. That means winding down the day and going to bed at the same time every night — even on weekends.
Once this habit is in place, your body will begin to expect it. Then it will release sleep hormones and you will begin to feel tired, eventually overriding the anxiety that keeps you awake. It may take some time, so stick with it!
2. Good Sleep Station
It’s time to invest in some good-quality sleep materials. This means going to a furniture store and finding the mattress that is right for you. A quality mattress, along with season-appropriate linens and the right pillow for your body will make your “sleep station” inviting and so, so comfortable.
Consider black out curtains and a white noise machine if these will help. When all the factors are in place, your body will be able to fully relax, and your bed is going to be the only place you want to be!
3. Power Down
Giving our brains and bodies the opportunity to really power down will help create good sleep habits that will allow us to let go of some of the anxiety that’s keeping us awake. This means dis-engaging from high stimulus things at least an hour before bed. These are things like screens and social media, caffeine, alcohol, chores, and general busy-ness things that keep our minds spinning.
Instead, give yourself a break some time to relax. Have some herbal tea, read a book, do mindfulness meditation, journal and get your thoughts on paper, lower the lights and sounds in the house. These might seem like small steps, but just making things more chill for you gives your nervous system a break. Usually, there’s little you can do for your stress at 10 pm, so you might as well relax.
Stress is a mighty foe that can seem impossible to battle. But sometimes the best way to beat stress is to focus on rest and relaxation. Give yourself a break and invest in your well-being, because stress can really affect every part of our lives if we let it get out of control. And for the most part, in hindsight at least, the things we are stressed out about now don’t really deserve to take up that much space in our lives.
So come on down to our furniture store in Nanaimo, BC, or your local furniture store, and get yourself a good quality mattress. Then get yourself a good night’s sleep. You deserve it.