If you struggle to sleep at night, and you feel that this problem is fueled by the stress in your daytimes, then you will be very familiar with the vicious cycle.
Being under pressure during the day can mean you come home wired, then you aren’t able to get to sleep, or when you do perhaps you wake up during the night. Then of course, the next day you suffer with tiredness, and the stress continues.
In today’s video I’m talking about the steps to break the cycle and deal with your stress-induced insomnia.
Insomnia does not have to rule your life!
Stressors, triggers and emotions
The first thing to look at is what your stressors are. Understanding this is the first step in overcoming the vicious cycle of stress leading to insomnia, and insomnia then compounding your stress.
Think about those triggers that push your buttons the most, and keep you stressed right into your evening. From here, look at the emotions that underlie your stress. When you are triggered, what do you feel?
Many people tell me that they think stress equals insomnia, and that’s not quite the case. Certainly the two can be related, but there are parts in between that we don’t acknowledge. This is where your emotions come in.
Take a moment to really tune in to what emotion you feel when your stress is triggered. It is this emotion that is more closely linked to your sleep problems than the actual stress itself. Therefore it’s the emotion that you need to tackle.
Consider the timeframe
If your sleep issues have been going on for just a few days, then in most cases this will resolve itself. You can’t rest assured that your body will correct itself, as this is the most normal outcome.
However, if you have had consistently disturbed sleep for a period of week or months, then you will need help to put the right tools and techniques into place to overcome your insomnia.
Focus on behaviours
This is something that might surprise you! When we are under pressure, we change some of our behaviours that then impact on our sleep. A typical example would be the stressor of a big deadline at work. If that extra pressure led you to check your emails just before bed, then you can easily see how that it going to switch your mind back into work mode just as it should be winding down for sleep.
If you are a late night email checker then I’m sure you know the feeling of poor sleep and tiredness the next day! Remember to keep a good, healthy sleep routine in place. Take a look at this article for more tips on your sleep routine.
A great behaviour is to have coping mechanisms for stressful periods in your life. This is about being proactive. Having strategies in place to deal with the ups and downs of life can prevent future periods of insomnia.
I want to encourage you to take a little time to go through these steps above and really think about your personal circumstances. If you think you don’t have time, then just consider the importance of good sleep and how much time and energy you gain back when you are rested.
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