How Can I Sleep When I’m Stressed Out?

Everyone knows how important sleep is for living a healthy lifestyle but not everyone actually gets as much sleep as they know their body needs.  Getting adequate sleep helps with everything from mental issues, such as stress, by keeping stress hormones down to physical issues, such as potentially helping you maintain or lose weight.  The thing people don’t understand though is how to get a healthy amount of sleep on a consistent basis when they’re stressed out.

We have all been there.  You have multiple exams coming up that you’re not prepared for or you have too many jobs that need to get done and it’s keeping you up at night.  How on earth do you fall asleep at a reasonable hour and stay asleep all through the night? A big part of the answer to that question is diet and exercise (real shock right?).  I am not just saying that because this is a fitness blog, it’s actually very true. 

When you eat the right foods (like fruits and vegetables) it gives you all the nutrients your body needs to regulate your sleep cycle so that you can fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer.  Eating evenly spaced out meals throughout the day and eating enough food helps you not feel overly hungry late at night nor give you indigestion from eating too much right before laying down in bed.

Then there is also the huge benefit of getting exercise daily.  Whether it’s a hard weight lifting workout or just a good long walk in the park, getting some form of exercise gets you tired and when you’re tired you want to go to bed (obviously).  Getting a good workout in reduces your stress levels and gives you a feeling of accomplishment which helps you relax your mind and reduce your chance of being kept up at night with stressful thoughts or worries rushing through your head.  

I could go on a much longer rant about the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise program for helping you sleep but I not going to because I think you get the point.  Don’t rely on sleeping pills unless prescribed by your physician and don’t eat a large bowl of ice cream right before bed.  Just eat the right foods and get your heart rate up on a daily basis and you should be good.