It’s totally normal if you can’t sleep due to stress. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop trying. Stress and sleep deprivation go hand in hand. When you can’t sleep due to stress, you’re sleep-deprived. And when you’re sleep-deprived, you feel more stressed out. It really is a terrible vicious cycle.
Here are some tips and tools you can try to help you try to sleep when stressed.
- If possible, deal with your stressors early in the day.
Yeah, we know, that’s a whole lot easier said than done sometimes. But if you find yourself unable to sleep due to stress caused by something you can identify, keep a worry journal.
It may sound hokey, but some people swear by this idea. In it, you can write down what is causing your sleepless nights. Then, earlier in your day, away from the bedroom, you can read through it and try to think it through before bedtime.
2. Don’t stay in bed too long when you can’t sleep due to stress.
We’ve all been there. You can’t sleep, but you want to try. So you stay in bed, slam your eyes shut and try to will yourself to sleep. But this seldom works.
If you find yourself in this predicament, experts say you shouldn’t stay in bed trying to fall back to sleep longer than twenty minutes. At this point, you should get out of bed and try to do some tedious, monotonous activity that doesn’t involve screens. (Blue light and sleep don’t mix either.)