Stress and sleep are two very closely related things. The general idea is that people lose sleep as a result of being stressed. We have all heard of ample cases of stress-induced insomnia. We have also witnessed people with anxiety and depression having difficulty sleeping.
However, if you’ve been experiencing the reverse response, it may confuse or even scare you. Why are you responding incorrectly to your mind? What is happening to you?
Read this article and you will find the solution that you are looking for.
Firstly, there is no right or wrong response to stress. Everybody reacts differently.
Stress is something that affects the mind. Our mind is unlike our body. It responds in more than one way when it is stimulated. So stop giving yourself a hard time about what you are experiencing. It is perfectly fine that you are responding to stress with sleep.
Worrying will only add on to your level of stress and make life harder.
Sleep is usually inhibited by stress. This is our fight or flight mechanism.
When we are stressed our body believes that we are in danger. As a result, it activates our fight or flight response. This is also called acute stress response. This causes hormonal and chemical changes to take place within our body. These changes enable us to stay alert and defend ourselves against danger. Our hearts start pumping out more blood and our metabolism becomes faster.
When you have high-stress levels for extended time periods, this response doesn’t shut down. As a result, your body refuses to relax – leading to difficulty in sleeping.
Sleep is vital for good health. What exactly happens when we sleep?
Sleep ensures that our body has the time to heal and rejuvenate itself. Muscles relax, blood supply to vital organs increase and energy is restored. However, a little-known fact is that sleep is also the time when our emotional memories are processed. Our mind selects the most important experiences of our day and makes them permanent memories in our mind.
Most of the time, stress is caused by an overload of emotional experiences.
This means that the mind needs additional time to process them. If you suddenly feel a high amount of stress, your body may demand to process them immediately. This has been studied by several scientists throughout the years.
Therefore, if you feel sleepy right after getting stressed, it simply means that your mind needs some processing time. The best way to overcome this is to not let stress pile up. Instead, to take a few seconds to process any negative feelings you have and to resolve them as soon as possible.
Process your thoughts one by one. Don’t let them pile up.
Stress and anxiety can induce more stress and anxiety. Taking quick action is always the key to dealing with these troubling emotions. Deep breathing, meditation, and exercise are proven ways to help process thoughts better and to reduce stress. This way, you can live a healthy and wholesome life.