Have you experienced that feeling of waking up at nights and struggling to get back to sleep? You feel anxious and panicky. Especially, if you have to work the next day. Checking the clock frequently at night worsens the situation as you are worried about losing hours of sleep. I’ve been there and I’m sure you’ve been there too.
There are millions of people who are struggling with insomnia and other sleep disruptions. Having said that, it’s comforting to know that having a good night’s sleep, is primarily under our control. Did you know that the quality of your sleep is largely dependent on your own lifestyle choices, food habits, the emotional state of your mind, amount of exercise and your sleep environment? It’s up to us to take charge of these areas. Healthy sleep starts right with us.
I discovered that the days I was disturbed about something, my sleep routine would go haywire. On the contrary, the days I was relaxed, I would have sound sleep. I realized that the emotional state of my mind played a vital role in attaining sound sleep. I dealt with my day to day stressors and made peace with them. Studies also prove that when we are stressed, the hormone ‘cortisol’ is released in our bodies that creates a state of alertness which is not what we need while sleeping. Sleeping has a lot to do with our state of minds.
Sufficient physical activity throughout the day made me tired enough and I could fall asleep without much of a hassle. The days I would laze around and not indulge in any form of exercise, I would end up being awake at nights. There’s a connection between sleep and exercise as exercise decreases stress levels, making it easier to sleep. The level of physical activity throughout the day is well under our control.
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Note: This post was first published in Sheroes