Not Getting Enough Sleep? Stress May Be the Cause

Find out ways to stop everyday stresses from ruining your good night’s sleep.

Not Getting Enough Sleep? Stress May Be the Cause

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk looks just like an ordinary Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it has a 707-hp supercharged V8 that can go from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds. It’s in a class of car Road and Track Magazine calls Sleeper Cars. Well, if you want to be high performance, you should aim to be a Super Sleeper too.

But is this you? You head for bed at a good hour—so you should be able to get seven to eight hours of sleep—but can’t doze off. Well, there’s a good chance you’re bringing daytime stresses into bed: You worry about that task at work you didn’t finish; you panic over an unpaid bill.

But don’t worry—there are proven ways to deal with your disruptive stress response—and cruise off into dreamland.

  • Eat a light healthy dinner three to four hours before turning in. Stay clear of fatty animal proteins and inflammatory processed foods that amp up your stress response.
  • Get at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily (but not right before bedtime). Combine aerobics and strength training to dispel stress and ease depression.
  • Skip that nightcap. Your body needs a few hours to process alcohol before you snooze, otherwise it may wake you later when it clears your system.
  • You exercised, ate healthfully, skipped that drink. Now slide between the sheets. It’s time to try five minutes of mindful meditation (check out the Sharecare app for iOS and Android for streaming options). You’ll learn to be in the moment—and the next moment you’ll be asleep.

Medically reviewed in March 2020.

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