Do you sleep about eight hours at night and still feel whacked the next morning? Various factors influence our sleep; however, one of the main reasons why we sleep poorly is stress.
Review your day. And be honest with yourself, how stressful was your day really? For one often ignores how hectic everyday life actually is. On the contrary, you block out many disturbing and stressful situations, but subconsciously they still cause inner stress.
Thoughts go round and round in circles during the night
It all goes so far that you take the stress and also the irritation to bed. You brood over private or professional worries, think about the appointments that are due the next day or are angry about something. But even if we do finally fall asleep, the thoughts continue to go round and round in circles.
This would be the time when body and mind should come to rest and relax. Instead, the heart rate and brain activity remain high. In the long run, it throws your whole organism out of balance. The signs that show you overexert yourself are unmistakable. You wake up at night, sleeping through is no longer possible. Waking up too early also shows that your body is still releasing too much of the stress hormone cortisol.
Tips for a good night’s sleep
- Good sleep hygiene
- Mind Diary
- Breathing techniques & mediation & visualization & yoga
- No endurance sports or high intensity training in the evening
- Natural essential oils e.g. lavender & passion flower
- Relaxing drinks with natural melatonin based on sour cherry and chokeberry
- Evening rituals