Finding Sleep When You’re Female Pt. 2

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Stress

Stress, even more than hormones, is a significant cause of sleeplessness. According to the American Psychological Association women are more likely than men (28 percent vs. 20 percent) to suffer from a great deal of stress. The source of stress ranges from family, career, money or relationship issues. Stress can bring with it headaches, depression, anger, irritability and/or indigestion – all of which exacerbate sleep problems.

What to do?

*Mindfulness practices such as meditation can make a big difference in relieving stress and helping you to sleep according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

*Make sure you get some sunlight and exercise every day. Exercise not only helps us to burn some energy, helping us to feel sleepier at bedtime, it also gives us an outlet to channel our emotions, helping us to feel less stressed. Natural sunlight boosts vitamin D and helps set our circadian clock so that the body naturally rests at night, when it is supposed to.

*Get back to nature. Spending time outdoors, under a tree, looking at the blue sky or walking barefoot in the grass, helps to ground us, and gives us a perspective on all the things that might be troubling us. Time in nature not only improves the quality of our sleep, it also reduces stress, improving the quality of our lives.

*The sleep and stress correlation is a vicious cycle. The less sleep we get, the more stressed we feel. The more stressed we feel, the less sleep we get. If we can break the cycle even for one night we can start developing better sleep habits and feeling more energized during the day. A mattress is the foundation of a good night’s sleep. Make sure to evaluate your mattress on a regular basis and replace it when it is worn out, typically every 5-7 years.

According to the Harvard Business Review, women make the buying decisions for 94% of household items. Women need to know that having a quality mattress will significantly improve their sleep, and a good night’s sleep improves health both physically and mentally.  As the saying goes: “When Mom’s happy, everyone’s happy!”

 

Blogger: Lissa Coffey     @CoffeyTalk

Wellness Spokesperson for the Better Sleep

Wellness Spokesperson for the Better Sleep Council 

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