12 Easy Steps to Get a Good Night Sleep & Avoid Mental and Physical Exhaustion
Stress infects every aspect of your life, and heavily diminishes your inner peace and serenity, but one of the biggest issues is how it negatively influences your sleep pattern. The only way you will ever achieve inner peace is to reduce stress, and one of the most effective ways to do this is by getting a good night’s sleep.
The stress response is “fight or flight”. This means the body is an accelerated mode of panic, which includes the release of energy inducing chemicals, such as cortisol. The problem is when we are in a constant state of stress, this state remains a constant and we never return to a “relaxation state.” This means we are anxious and worried all the time, and experience a heightened state of turbulence, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Think about it. You go to bed, you toss and turn feeling anxious about what is waiting for you tomorrow. You are worried and that makes it difficult to relax enough to fall asleep. How can you quiet your mind when it’s racing with negative thoughts and anxieties? When you feel seriously stressed during the day it’s made worse by your lack of sleep. That stress then makes it even more difficult for you to sleep, which means you have an even more stressful day. It’s a damaging cycle that you have to get out of.
Learning how to manage your stress levels is crucial to obtaining inner peace. Sleep is a really important part of managing stress. One tip that we didn’t include above but would like to highlight now is meditation. It has long been considered an effective stress-management tool and it’s something that you can do anytime and anywhere.
However, you should consider including a 5 to 10 minute meditation session in your pre-bedtime routine. That’s not to say it’s the only time of day you should meditate, but you should definitely use it as a tool to wind-down before bed. Deep breathing is another useful tool, this is something you may want to incorporate in both your pre-bedtime routine and to relax once you’re in bed.
Some of these steps will be easier for you to incorporate than others. However, the key is consistency. Adapt as many of them as possible and stick with them, you will soon find they improve your sleep patterns. Not all sleep issues are related to stress. If you believe you have a sleep disorder or an underlying health issue, you should consult with a sleep specialist or your primary care physician.