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Signs That You’re Too Stressed to Sleep

Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Mon 05/28/2018 - 09:00

Are you too stressed to sleep?Do you have difficulty falling asleep, despite lying in bed for hours upon hours? As a result, do you wake up in the morning feeling tired or drowsy? The answer behind your inability to sleep may be stress. West Orange dentist and sleep specialist Dr. Ivan Stein meets with hundreds of individuals each year that struggle to get a good night’s rest. In this blog post, he shares three signs that you are too stressed to sleep.

You Can’t Turn Off Your Mind

Do you lie awake at night replaying upsetting or frustrating situations from earlier in the day? Or do you go over a million to-dos you have to accomplish the next day or week? Unfortunately, obsessing over your work, financial and relationships troubles, and responsibilities can cost you a night of good sleep. Not to mention, lack of sleep makes you tired the next day and more irritable, making it less likely that you will approach your troubles and stresses the next day with a calm and clear mindset.

What to do: Keep a journal where you can write down all of your thoughts before going to bed. Once you have them all on paper, tell yourself there’s no reason to continue stressing about them in bed.

Your Muscles Are Tense

Stress can cause the neck, shoulder and back muscles to ache, making it difficult to sleep or stay asleep comfortably. Even worse, poor sleep or lack of sleep can exacerbate these pains and aches, making them more painful the next day and interfering with your productivity the next day.

What to do: Try practicing a pre-sleep ritual that relaxes your mind and body, like a warm bath, breathing exercises or some yoga stretches.

You Wake Up In The Middle of the Night

Waking up in the middle of the night interrupts your natural sleep cycle. What’s more, it can be difficult to go back to sleep and feel fully rested in the morning.

What to do: Avoid drinking and eating foods that may overstimulate your mind and body before going to bed, making it harder to fall and stay asleep. If you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep after 20 minutes, get up and move to another room. Tossing and turning in bed only adds to the frustration and worry that keeps you awake. Avoid turning on the TV, checking social media, catching up on emails or any other activity that may be overstimulating.

Do You Have a Sleep Disorder?

Do you suspect your lack of a good night’s rest is caused by a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea? Dr. Stein of New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions is a sleep specialist who has helped countless individuals with sleep disorders sleep better and live happier. To find out if Dr. Stein can help you, schedule an appointment.

Contact New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions by calling (855) 949-7667 or sending us an email today.