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					Stressed Out? A Good Night’s Sleep Can Cure What Ails You

       Your child brings home a report card filled with low marks. Your dog just bit your
neighbor, and the sink in the kitchen no longer works. You feel you’re under major
stress. As a result, you find yourself tossing and turning at night, unable to get a good
night’s sleep. This is truly unfortunate, because sleep can re-charge a person’s batteries,
enabling him or her to better tackle the stressors that come along the road.

       Stress-induced insomnia can take a variety of forms. For instance, you may have
difficulty falling asleep in the first place. Or you may wake up hours earlier than you
should. You may find yourself waking up several times during the middle of the night.
Or you may even find that you feel tired when you wake up in the morning because you
didn’t get good quality sleep.

        One important point to remember is that you are not alone. Just about everyone
suffers from lack of sleep at some point in life. That said, dealing with insomnia can be
exhausting. You might feel run down during the day and have difficulty concentrating.
You may turn to coffee in order to keep awake during the daylight hours, which can lead
to a feeling of restlessness. You may even try taking a nap in the mid-morning or late
afternoon, only to find that you have difficulty sleeping again at night.

       While old age, depression, and substance abuse can all lead to insomnia, it might
be said that the number one cause is stress. If your insomnia persists for a week, you
should contact your doctor. He or she may prescribe medication to enable you to get to
sleep more quickly. But you should be aware that there are other techniques you can use
to deal with stress-related insomnia.

      To begin with, try to determine the root cause of your stress. This might be your
job, your home life, or even some of your recreational activities. Next, determine
whether you are overscheduled. By eliminating some of your commitments, you might
be able to seriously reduce your stress level. Then, do some problem-solving. How can
you make a stressful situation better? It could involve engaging in positive thinking,
changing your attitude about the situation, or coming up with solutions to resolve the
situation.

       There are also some concrete steps you can take to improve your sleep. For
instance, make sure that your bedroom is conducive to sleep. This means finding the
most comfortable bedding available, decorating your room with soft, subtle colors, and
eliminating clutter or other signs of work in progress.

         In addition, condition yourself to associate your bed with sleep. This means
resisting the temptation to do work in bed, or study for your classes while lying down.
You should even try to avoid watching TV programs in bed. The idea here is to eliminate
stimulants from your sleeping area which could prevent you from falling asleep. If you
like to read in bed, make sure that you read only fun, pleasurable books, not significant
tomes that could keep you up at night.
       One other helpful tip is to set up a regular routine prior to going to bed. It may
involve taking a bath or shower to relax you or drinking some milk right before settling
down to sleep. Also, try to get up at the same time every morning so that you are
following an established schedule. In addition, make sure that you do not engage in
drinking beverages with caffeine or alcoholic drinks after dinner.

         Insomnia is one of the most dangerous side-effects of stress. It can rob you of
your energy, strength, and endurance. It can make the simplest tasks difficult to handle
during the course of the day. And it can even lead to major depression. If you find
yourself having trouble getting to sleep at night, take immediate action. Don’t wait for
your body to feel the stress of night after night of sleeplessness. The more proactive you
are, the greater the likelihood that you’ll be able to combat insomnia, as well as the stress
that goes with it. Refreshed and renewed, you’ll be able to take on the challenges that
come your way, once you’ve gotten enough sleep.

				
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