I used to pride myself on my great sleeping habits. Asleep by 9pm, up by 7 am. Yes, 9pm is a bit early for an adult, but I did what my body told me. Nowadays, I would give anything to get to sleep by 9pm, instead of my 12/1 a.m. Admittedly, my sleeping pattern sucks, and it’s quite possibly leading to my higher stress levels.
According to a recent study, bad sleeping habits could be leading to higher anxiety and stress levels. The study looked at the effects of sleep deprivation on participants’ anxiety levels and found they were much higher after a sleepless night than a well-rested one. There are also common habits that could be aiding in higher stress when it comes to sleep, according to Pop Sugar, these three habits may be the cause of stress:
- Hitting the snooze button: Not only is your snoozing habit disrupting your sleep cycle, but delaying getting out of bed can also cause you to rush through your morning — talk about stress. Try to forgo the snooze button and instead set your alarm for the time you have to get up. Free phone apps or fitness trackers that wake you up at the best point in your sleep cycle (like the Jawbone UP) can help as well.
- Going to sleep at different times: Constantly changing when you go to bed or wake up can be the cause of sleep deprivation, since you’re not preparing your body for sleep with a relaxing routine. Try to stick to the same bedtime and wake-up time no matter what the day in order to establish a nighttime routine that will help lull yourself into a restful sleep.
- Not making sleep a priority: Some days, you wish there were endless hours in a day, but pulling all-nighters to catch up on your to-do list isn’t sustainable or healthy. Ensure you get at least seven hours of sleep every night by giving yourself a cutoff time when it comes to dealing with that stressful errand list in the evenings.