Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Your Stress Response and Sleep

In the event you experience a perceived threat, it could be real or imagined, the stress response in your body is triggered, yielding a flow of physical changes like rapid, shallow breathing. There is release of adrenaline, cortisol and other chemicals that causes a sudden burst of energy. There are also other changes that let you fight or run from danger. That being said, this can make sleep such a chore and less restful when you can finally do it.

If your sleep problems are caused by stress, sleep is possible with certain stress management techniques. Meditation before sleep could help you relax and turn off the stress response. Sleep comes by easier then. Even simple breathing exercises can relieve stress and helps you sleep better.

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