Trouble falling asleep- Stress can cause people to have
trouble getting to sleep. Whatís on their mind during
their minds can still be plaguing their thoughts when
laying down for sleep. Their minds are moving at
lightning speed trying to process the events of the day
-what they did or didnít do. Give your mind a chance to
process before getting to bed. Wind down first and then
try to go to sleep.
Moms, do you find that your sleep patterns are not as peaceful as it
used to be? This could be your bodyís response to the stress in your life. Find
out if the way you sleep indicates that there is too much stress in your life.|
If you ask most moms, they would say that they got more sleep before the
children came along. Looking after our kids comes hand in hand with sleep
deprivation. But if this sleep deprivation continues to occur, our bodies will
result in other means of getting rest, even if that means being under the
Checking your sleep patterns will determine if the sleep problems are due to an
illness or a stress response.
Here are some characteristics of stress induced
sleeping problems and illness related sleeping problems:
Waking up several times- Some people fall asleep okay
but canít maintain a sleeping state. They wake up
several times during the night and have trouble getting
back to sleep. When they finally manage to get some good
sleep, itís time to get up for the day. Stress tends to
put your body and mind in overdrive. You may be able to
fall asleep, but your body isnít always tired enough to
stay asleep for the night. Try taking a warm bath before
going to bed to help relax your body and mind to obtain
a restful night.
Not enough sleep- Some people get to sleep and stay
asleep okay, but end up waking up after only 4-5 hours
of sleep. Theyíre unable to return to sleep, so they get
up feeling tired, listless and lethargic. Having to face
a day feeling this way can cause you to become more
anxiety ridden and makes the cycle of sleep disturbance
Sleep Apnea- This is a medical disorder that causes an
affected person to experience periods where they stop
breathing for a few seconds. These episodes occur
several times throughout the night sometimes waking you
up. The more episodes you have, the more tired you feel
the next day. If you suspect this condition may be
occurring for you, check with you physician.
Depression- Severe bouts of depression will cause you to
sleep too much or too little. You can also be sleeping
at odd hours of the day. The disturbed sleep patterns
you have tend to make the depression worse. Be sure to
consult a mental health professional if you experience
any signs of depression.
Kidney disease- Those who suffer from this disease can
have their sleep interrupted throughout the night by
having the need to use the bathroom. It can also cause
persistent feelings of fatigue along with shortness of
breath. Both can interrupt your normal sleeping routine.
Consult a doctor if you think you may be experiencing
A few nights of sleep disturbances here and there is no
cause for alarm, but if you find the problems persist
then you should find out the underlying cause. Illnesses
would need to be treated right away to prevent them from
getting worse. Stress should be treated as well as this
could ultimately cause some illnesses like depression.
Be sure to check your sleep patterns today!