By Anna Rayner, Mar 5 2017 12:38PM
Do you feel you're not getting enough sleep, and it's contributing to the accumulating stress you feel in your life? Stress itself can cause lack of sleep, but lack of sleep can contribute to stress - i's a vicious circle!
Exhaustion is nothing to take lightly. Some experts believe that getting too little sleep on a consistent basis may undermine your entire being - impacting your entire life to your detriment. Any illness that you do contract, combined with too little sleep, will be more severe.
So, you feel tired but when is the tired feeling bordering on danger? There are many signs, among them these:
* you feel constantly fatigued, no matter how much you try to catch up on sleep
* you experience indigestion or lack of appetite
* you experience a loss of libido
* you have trouble getting to sleep, if not outright insomnia
* you feel tired in the morning, even after a full night's sleep
* you feel that you are no longer in control
Sufficient sleep on a regular basis enables your body to recover from the stresses and strains that you experience during the day. To ensure sufficient sleep first look at these suggestions on restructuring your sleep environment:
* Have you checked your mattress lately? A bad mattress engages your muscles all night, as if you've been working all night!
* Especially during summer, make sure that the room you sleep in is cool and refreshed. You would be better off sleeping in a slightly chilled atmosphere than a warmer one with less blankets
* Make sure your bed is large enough to allow you and your partner plenty of freedom of movement. If your movements are restricted because you keep bumping into each other this can diminish the quality of your sleep
* Turn your mobile phone to silent, or switch it off altogether. Too many people sleep with their heads by the phone because they have an aged loved one far away, or they worry about a family emergency happening at 3am. Realistically, you can't do much at 3am anyway. You would be better off getting a good night's sleep and dealing with it in the morning
*Keep your room dark, or wear a night blindfold
*Buy a snore control device if your partner keeps you awake, or simply to improve the quality of your own sleep
Secondly, you should try and develop good sleep habits. If it's been months or years since you've engaged in the habit of regular, sufficient, sound sleep, you've got an unfamiliar but pleasant task ahead of you!
Here are some ideas for getting into the habit of having a good sleep every night:
* Don't exercise or be too active before retiring, it may keep you too keyed up
* Avoid caffeine at least 6 hours before retiring and alcohol altogether. Both are very sleep disturbing
* Have a glass of milk or hot, milky drink before sleep. It can help
* Have a warm, but not too hot, bath before bed - perhaps using 2 or 3 drops of relaxing lavender, ylang ylang or clary sage essential oils in the bath water
* Don't watch TV for at least half an hour before you go to bed, try reading a book or a magazine instead
* Go to sleep when you're tired, not because the clock happens to say a particular time
* Let others around you know when you want quiet because you are going to sleep.
Good luck, good night and sweet dreams!