How to Stop Stress Impacting Your Sleep: Mental Health Series

Sleep is an important factor in everyone’s health and wellbeing, so when you’re getting an insufficient amount due to stress, it can create an exhausting cycle of tossing and turning.

Too much stress and worry during the day can keep your mind and body wide awake all through the night, but there are things you can do to stop this from happening.

Here we share some of our favourite methods to stop stress impacting a good night’s sleep.

Practice breathing exercises

When your mind is stressed, it can feel impossible to slow down and switch off for some shut eye. However, focusing on your breathing and practicing exercises can help relax your body and mind, and encourage a better night’s sleep.

There are many different breathing routines you can try, but a popular exercise is the 4-7-8, where you breathe in for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and breathe out with a ‘long whoosh’ sound for 8 seconds.

Practicing this exercise a few times over each night, can help tame your tension and reground you for a relaxing night’s rest. 

Write lists

More often than not, stress comes from situations that have occurred that day, or are about to occur in the near future. Writing lists can help you put your stress and worries in to one place before setting them aside for the day.

Before bed, try writing a list of your stresses from the day, what you’re grateful for today and what you have to do tomorrow.

By putting pen to paper and writing everything down, you are releasing some of that tension and your brain can relax and let go for the night. 

Don’t lie awake

If you’re lying in bed awake and you find yourself stressing more about the fact you can’t get sleep, get up and create a relaxing evening environment.

Try dimming the lights, have a cup of herbal tea or listen to some relaxing music – but stay away from bright screens, as this can trick your brain into thinking it’s time to wake up!

If you’re looking for something to add in to your night time relaxation routine, take a look at our range of CBD oils that can be used to help support a better sleep.

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