Sleep is one of the fundamental processes of the human body. If you’re not sleeping right, your whole system will be out of whack: you increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Your appetite can change, you find yourself eating at strange hours of the day (and night), and you have less energy to exercise.
Your lack of sleep, which seems like it should be completely unrelated to your weight control, is evidently capable of detracting from all your good intentions. And more often than not, sleep loss can be traced back to psychological factors – making it seem a bit unfair that the results will be seen on your hips!
When worry keeps people awake at night, the quick-fix solution is often to binge-drink or to fall back on sleeping pills. But these remedies only treat the symptoms, not the cause. If you find yourself regularly lying awake at night, your mind over-busy, the best way to hush those voices is to accept them. Become fixated on your lack of sleep and you will only create another worry to keep you awake.
Instead, learn to accept that there are some things you can change, and some things you can’t. Work on your bedtime ritual and your sleeping environment, in order to improve your chances of nodding off – and of being comfortable if sleep is slow to arrive. Some nights it may take a little longer. Accepting this and learning to enjoy the sensation of being in bed can help you to deal with the situation in the long run.
A new infographic from OnStride Financial looks a little deeper into some of the causes and potential remedies for worry-induced sleeplessness. Improving your body health, getting better sleep and feeling happier in your mind are not isolated goals: they complement each other. Get started on a more holistic approach tonight.