Less stress, more sleep: Your prescription for a healthy new year! AUTHOR Dr. Terri DeNeui, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC CATEGORY Stress & Sleep SOCIAL @EVEXIASMEDICAL For most Americans, stress, insomnia and mental health issues have never been as troubling as they are today. After all, we’re in the midst of a pandemic, recession and political unrest—all at the same time. The good news is you can get a handle on this troubling trifecta and live a calmer, healthier life. Let’s take a look at the stress-sleep connection and a few, simple lifestyle changes that could make a huge difference for you. What came first, the chicken … umm … stress or insomnia? What about anxiety? It actually works both ways. Anyone who has experienced stress (that’s most of
Anyone who has spent hours lying in bed staring at the ceiling, rather than getting a good night’s sleep, understands the utter exasperation of insomnia. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal agency charged with tracking public health issues, “Sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters and medical and other occupational errors. Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality and reduced quality of life and productivity.” The CDC further notes that insomnia may be caused by “broad scale societal factors such as round-the-clock access to technology and work schedules. An estimated 50-70 million U.S. adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder.” If you are experiencing regular bouts of insomnia, imbalanced hormones may be the cause.