Ahh, sleep, beautiful, wonderful, at times elusive sleep. Who doesn’t want to sleep well? Is there anyone who doesn’t like sleeping? Lying all cozy in bed, dozing on and off. Or that feeling of a solid night of sleep when upon waking you feel completely rejuvenated, ready for anything. It’s awesome.
Too bad so many people struggle with sleep. I used to be a champion sleeper. Would fall asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow and not move until morning.
I then had a few years where sleep was a constant battle. Way too much stress and anxiety in my life which led to a vicious cycle of inadequate sleep causing more stress and even worse sleep.
I’m in a much better place now. Usually, I sleep pretty well. Not as well as I used to but well enough. That is until recently. The insanity of this election is keeping me up.
There will always be times in your life when it’s hard to stop ruminating on the worst possible outcome of whatever life throws at you. Unfortunately, right now we have two more weeks of this particular brand of election stress and anxiety. No time like the present to review healthy sleep habits. Hopefully, it will help you get the sleep you need.
Sleep is one of those things that can have a huge impact on how you feel and perform. Inadequate sleep negatively affects your health in a few ways, not to mention that you feel crappy. But it also can interfere with weight loss, increase your blood pressure and put you at risk for accidents and poor performance.
So here are a few things to keep in mind to maximize your chances of a good night sleep, even when the pressure of different life stressors is high.
Different people have different sleep issues. For some it’s falling asleep, others it’s staying asleep. Depending on your particular issue, some of these suggestions may have more impact.
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