An especially long to-do list, job pressures, a big event, family strife, financial burdens, tight deadlines — potential stressors like these fill modern life, and you’ve probably experienced their impact on sleep firsthand. It’s incredibly frustrating to be unable to calm or shut off your racing thoughts at the end of the day, or to wake up bleary-eyed and exhausted after a restless night.
Ideally, once the stressor is resolved, you’re usually back on track sleeping normally. But in today’s go-go-go world, that’s not always what happens. Instead, stress can easily turn chronic and cause likewise persistent sleep problems, both of which can have a disastrous and long-term effect on your health.
Beyond a racing mind keeping you awake, stress impacts your body on a physiological level, trapping you in a vicious cycle that usually starts with a disruption or changes in the normal cascade of hormones, neurotransmitters, and other functions needed for a good night of sleep. Poor sleep then compounds your stress.
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