Our day to day life is becoming more and more hectic. For many it seems like there is less hours in a day and for some it seems so much that it feels like forever. In either case stress plays a crucial role and so does lack of sleep. Stress and Disturbed sleep patterns are today’s biggest challenges. Some say that it is due to stress that they can’t sleep properly and some say it is due to disturbed sleep that they are feeling stressed. Now, the discussion can go on and on like which came first chicken or the egg. So if we try to catch the start we might get stuck in the loop.
So, the important thing is that there is sleep that is disturbed and there is a mind that is stressed and it cannot be ignored if it is more than a month. We have a habit of keeping other things on priority like work, family or significant other. By the time we reach to ourselves we just ignore everything and get lazy. Now this is where we make mistake.
We just don’t realize that if we don’t nourish or nurture ourselves then how can we, after a particular time, take care of things on our priority list. Stress and sleep are interlinked one because another and it just gets more and more entangled. So it is mandatory to check the new sleep pattern and cognitive learning before it gets strong enough to make us believe that it is real.
Here are some signs and symptoms which you can observe in you day to day life if you are stressed or suffering from insomnia:
Psychological Signs and symptoms
- Irritability/Agitated/Frustrated/over sensitivity
- Feel like everything is out of control
- Can’t relax or quite thinking
- Negative thoughts- feeling low, worthless, lonely
- Avoid social gatherings or people around.
- Feel no connection or bonds with what others might be saying.
Physical symptoms of stress include
- Low energy
- Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation and nausea
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds and infections
- Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
- Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear
- Cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Excess sweating
- Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
- Clenched jaw and grinding teeth.
- Behavioral symptoms of stress include:
- Changes in appetite - either not eating or eating too much
- Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
- Increased use of alcohol, drugs or cigarettes
- Exhibiting more nervous behavior, such as nail biting, fidgeting and pacing.
These symptoms are there only to give you insight that if you are facing or can relate or have seen new patterns in your life than do not ignore your health. Here is what you should do now. You should start working towards the betterment of your life.
Here are few pointers that could help you:
- Set your bedtime. initially it will be difficult, but remember it is not impossible. Post few days you will realize that it is in system.
- Focus on something constructive or something you enjoy doing, that includes mental and physical effort. Could be dancing, playing instrument, singing or similar.
- Focus on training your self.
- Increase physical activities. Start going for walk,
- Make plans and visit the ones who are close to you. With whom you can connect to.
- If you can't change stresses than avoid it for a while, try to alter, adapt, or accept.
- Make schedule for two things sleep and meals. Rest everything will start falling to place.
You can look back and find what soothes you best. Everyone has gone through hard times and copped up well. You can try. If you feel that it is not helping you then seek professional help. Healthy life is happy life.