This is Part 7 of 9 Part Series - Sleep
According to the article on yahoo.healthy.com, 9 Surprising Symptoms Of Stress, "Stress will also ruin the quality of your sleep, so you wake up tired and irritable.", according to the author of “Addicted To Stress”, Debbie Mandel.
Sleep problems and disturbances affect so many people in our world. Many manage to make it through the days and nights but they often struggle silently. Many reach for coffee and caffeinated drinks to help them get through the day which in the end, only adds to the problem. Melatonin is needed to help regulate your sleep and your alertness during the day. Stress can impact your body so that the right amount of melatonin is not produced at the right time of the day and night.
Stress can affect the quality of your sleep so that even though you sleep many hours, you wake up and do not feel refreshed. Taking sleeping aids or caffeine may give you a short term boost or help in managing sleep and sluggishness but in the end, you’re only putting a Band-Aid on a gushing wound.
Working to get yourself to go to sleep and waking up on a regular schedule may help. Also trying to make sure that you get out in the sunshine during the day as much as you can, will help your body produce the melatonin it needs. You may also want to consider supplementing melatonin for yourself. I find that using music playing at night or a fan often helps me in sleeping. And I try to let my mind wind down at the end of the night before I go to bed so it isn’t racing with thoughts. If you have your mind solving your financial situation or trying to solve the problems in your life just before you go to bed, it will be hard for your brain to turn off and allow you to sleep.
For some people, sleep problems are much worse and some are affected for decades in their life. There is no easy solution for them as some people would suggest. However, I’ve seen where deep trauma release work and relaxation do begin having a major difference but it takes a lot of time and work for these people to get there. If we’re walking around carrying a lot of baggage in our live along with trauma and stress from our every day moments, the body says – I’m still running from the tiger chasing me. There’s no way I can stop. Until you learn to slay the tiger and not run from it anymore, you will experience difficulty in feeling sleepy and having sleep problems.
There is hope though and doing deep release body work over time will most likely help your situation. In the meantime though, look for ways that help you get through the night and be creative. What works for one doesn’t always work for everyone else.
Symptoms Of Stress: (9 Part Series)
Part 1. Tweaked and Tense Muscles
Part 2. Eye Twitching
Part 3. Ragged Cuticles
Part 4. Cavities
Part 5. Rashes & Itching
Part 6. Nausea
Part 7. Sleep
Part 8. Forgetfulness
Part 9. Confusion
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