Stress & Sleep
According to a 2013 by Lifeline Australia, an overwhelming majority of Australians are effected by stress in their daily life and their sleep is suffering because of it. The study looked at the experience of 1,201 participants over the age of 18 years, from across the nation. The results showed that 92% of the participants experienced stress in some area of their life : work, finances, thoughts about the future, health and personal relationships. 52% of participants said that work caused them some stress, while 27% noted work as a major cause of stress, while 47% named finances as one of their main causes of stress. The Lifeline survey has been conducted annually since 2008, but this year, participants were asked additional questions. The researchers wanted to find out whether the respondent's sleep suffered because of the stress they experienced in daily life. The results showed that around three-quarters of the study respondents reported having trouble sleeping on occasion and connected this to stress.
Beating Stress for Better Sleep
The problem with stress and sleep is that as you get more stressed, you lose more sleep, and feel more stressed. This can form a vicious cycle, leaving you tired, emotional and drained. Here are some of our suggestions to help soothe stress and help you to sleep like a baby!
- Look at finding solutions for sources of stress at work or relating to your finances. For work worries, try talking to a line manager for advice or look at whether you need to make a career move. In the case of money worries, consider seeking professional advice to put your mind at rest. Dealing with these types of stress at the root is the best way to tackle them!
- Give your workspace a stress-busting make-over and create a positive energy. Some nice ideas include adding a scented candle to help you unwind after a tense meeting or placing a house-plant nearby to give you something natural to focus on.
- Try working out to release tension that has built up in your body throughout the day. Hit the gym after you finish at the office, take a dance class in the evening or jog around your neighbourhood.
- Do nothing! Everyone needs a little time to themselves, and space to relax quietly often helps to put problems into perspective. When you start to feel overwhelmed, take 5 or ten minutes to sit down and relax.
For further information on study results: https://www.everydayhero.com.au/events/downloads/0000/9429/Lifeline-2013-stress-poll-Summary-Report_4-6-13.pdf Does work related stress cause sleep difficulties for you or a loved one? Or do you have a great de-stress tip you'd like to share? Tell us about it here.