Like the moon and tide, sleep and stress are intrinsically linked. In conjunction with this connection, there is also a chicken or the egg relationship between sleep and stress. Put simply, the less you sleep, the more stressed you feel, and the more stressed you feel, the less you sleep. Let's chat more about stress and some simple adjustments one can make to get more high-quality shuteye.
Stress is the physical, mental, and emotional reaction and response to changes and demands. Basically, stress is divided into two types: acute and chronic. Acute stress is short-term stress, whereas chronic is long-term. While acute stress is a normal part of life, chronic stress can negatively impact your health and wellbeing.
At one time, our 'fight or flight' response helped our ancestors act swiftly in times of danger. However, today's stressors are more abstract. In combination with the daily stress of work and life, the American Psychological Association reports that modern stress largely stems from concerns about violence, the affordability of healthcare, climate change, and politics. In other words, we’ve come a long, complicated way from the fear of tigers lurking in the bushes.
There is even an economic impact of stress in America. For instance, the American Institute of Stress found that:
When it comes to survival, quality sleep is as critical as healthy food and clean water. It allows your brain to remove toxins that build up during the day, your body to repair tissue, and your immune system to release cytokines. If you’re unfamiliar, cytokines are proteins that are responsible for immune function; they heal the body when there is trauma, infection, and inflammation.
The problem is, it's challenging to get the quality and quantity of sleep you need when you're stressed. A deep slumber tells your body to turn off stress hormone production. Some people then attempt to counterbalance the lack of sleep with caffeine. However, too much caffeine, on top of stress, can lead to another night of unrest, creating that vicious cycle.
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Long-term, unmanaged stress can contribute to serious health problems such as:
The National Sleep Foundation suggests seven to nine hours of adequate sleep for adults ages 18-64. To increase the quality and ensure the appropriate quantity of your shuteye, consider:
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