Stress is the trash of modern life — we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life. ~Terri Guillemets
How true! I have been seriously working on keeping my stress level down and not letting it get the best of me. Working on it, but not always achieving it! I’m finding that yoga, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and drinking water (and occasionally some wine!) helps a lot.
In this post I want to address sleep. I’m sure no one is surprised to learn that most adults do not get enough sleep on a nightly basis. Lack of sleep is a serious problem. As this chart, developed by the American Psychological Association shows, lack of sleep (less than 8 hours a night), in addition to contributing to poor health, leads to feeling irritable and overwhelmed, loss of motivation, impatience especially with loved ones at home. and to increased stress*!
But taking an occasional nap could help lessen the effects of sleep deprivation including reducing stress. A recent study found that, “napping could restore bio-markers of neuroendocrine and immune health to normal levels”. This is important in stress reduction as it is the neuroendocrine system that controls the fight or flight response which when activated causes us to feel “stressed out”.
Of course it isn’t always convenient or even possible to sleep 8 hours a night or nap in the afternoon, but it is a goal for which we should strive!