Healthy Habits: Creating a Sleep Routine for Stressful Times

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You probably realize that stress can take a toll on the quality of your sleep—but you may not know exactly how or why. Basically, it’s because feeling stressed out increases your physiological and psychological arousal in ways that are incompatible with the state your body and mind need to enter relaxed, restorative sleep. If you sleep poorly at night, there’s a good chance that you’ll be more reactive to stress the next day.

So if you can’t relax after a difficult day once you’ve slipped under the covers, good quality sleep is bound to be elusive. You’re likely to have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping soundly. Having a dedicated “sleep routine” in the evening can help. Use these suggestions to help you wind down and prepare your over-stressed body for a good night’s rest.

Healthy Habits for Better Sleep when Stressed