Stress and Trouble Sleeping
Stress and trouble sleeping often go hand in hand. When you’re stressed, sometimes it’s hard to calm your mind and get a good night’s sleep. And when you don’t get a good night’s sleep, your tired brain may have more trouble coping with occasional stress. However, do not fear — the sleep experts at ZzzQuil have tools to help you lower stress and get some rest.
Why Stress Makes Sleep Difficult
Stress, sleep, and your body
When you’re stressed, your body can experience any of the following:
Raised blood pressure
Tight, tense, or sore muscles
Frequent, throbbing headaches
Unintentional jaw clenching
Stomach and digestive issues
Dizzy or light-headedness
Any of these physical effects can make sleep more difficult, even when your body needs rest.
Stress, sleep, and your mind
You might also experience unpleasant mental effects from stress. Some common side effects you could be experiencing are:
You’re irritable and unusually quick to anger
You feel “down”
You feel overwhelmed
You quicker to panic
You’re unable to stop thinking about a stressor in your life
Even when you’re exhausted, experiencing these kind of issues can make it difficult to “turn off” your brain and go to sleep. You may keep playing a stressful moment over and over in your head, or focus on one particular stressor in your life that’s causing you anger or sadness.
Wellness and Sleep
If you’re already under stress and then add a sleepless night (or two, or three), this can make your stress feel exponentially worse. When you sleep well, it gives both your brain and body a chance to recharge, reset, and prepare you for a healthy and productive day.
While you sleep, your body:
Heals itself. Cuts, bruises, and sore muscles (along with other more serious injuries) are repairing while you sleep.
Activates your immune system. During sleep is when you make the most white blood cells, which are the cells that attack cold and flu viruses. You are much more likely to get sick when you haven’t slept well than you are if you’ve had a good night’s sleep.
Gives your heart a break. Your heart beats more slowly when you’re sleeping, and this slow tempo is thought to give your heart a chance to rest and heal itself.
While you sleep, your brain:
Sorts through all the new information you’ve learned. When you don’t get enough sleep, your brain doesn’t have a chance to sort this information into your memory, which can make you forgetful.
Gives you a mood boost. A good night’s sleep can help you have a more positive outlook and keeps your brain on an even keel.
Gets creative. When you have a tough decision to make, “sleep on it” is often the go-to advice. This is because your subconscious can sort through the mundanities of everyday life while you’re sleeping to come up with the best (and oftentimes most creative) answer.
What you can do about it
If you’re caught in the stressed-sleepless cycle, the sleep experts at ZzzQuil are here to help! On this site you’ll find natural sleep solutions, tips for good sleep hygiene, and more. Plus, you can learn all about ZzzQuil’s non-habit-forming sleep aids like ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs De-Stress & Sleep Melatonin Gummies and ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs De-Stress & Sleep Melatonin Tablets.