In small doses, stress can be beneficial — it can be that boost you need to get everything done. But too much can have negative consequences.
For example, someone who is too stressed may find that she is losing her temper more often, or that she is having a hard time focusing. Stress and anxiety can cause physical symptoms as well, such as rapid breathing, dizziness and sweating. It can also cause trouble sleeping.
How do you know if stress and anxiety are interfering in your sleep? Take a look at your bedtime habits. Do you find yourself bringing your worries of the day, such as about your job or daily life, with you into bed? And do you find yourself thinking about these worries right up until you fall asleep?
Having that stress and anxiety with you when you are trying to sleep may make it difficult to fall asleep at night or it may wake you up in the middle of the night.
Better Health Channel recommended having 30 minutes of “worry time,” which is done several hours before going to bed. During this “worry time,” you allow yourself 30 minutes to worry about the things you usually do when you are trying to go to sleep. When those 30 minutes are up (it may be helpful to set an alarm), tell yourself that you are done worrying for the day.
Relaxation techniques can also be helpful for getting nighttime worrying under control. Different options include deep breathing, meditation and guided imagery.
Some of the relaxation techniques for nighttime worrying can also help with muscle tension, such as