Total relaxation is critical to falling asleep and sleeping soundly. Negative emotion like anxiety or depression are counteractive towards the sleeping process. Stress is also a common emotion that prevents many people from resting properly at night. It is important to learn how to "leave your cares at your bedroom door" and relax completely in order to get a good night's sleep. This is often easier said than done. Not getting proper sleep will simply add physical stress to your body and continue your cycle of stress and anxiety. Lingering stress will affect your mood, energy, and productivity the following day.

In the long run, being overly stresses could also cause serious health risks to your physical and mental well-being. The key to avoiding this is learning to manage your stress. You can manage your stress by learning to use relaxation tips. This may take some trial-and error, because what works for one person won't neccessarily work for the next, but here are a few relaxation techniques that may be effective for you:

  • Maintaining a Healthy Balance Between Life an Work- This is not so much a technique as a necessity. Without a good balance and clear boundary between your life and work, you may find it especially hard to forget the day's stresses when you are at home. Sometimes you may have to turn off your cell phone, and your computer(if possible) to focus on yourself.
  • Breathing Exercises- Spend a few minutes taking deep breaths and exhaling slowly. Controlled breathing regulates your heart rate and calms you down physically. This can also help to clear your mind of stressful thoughts.
  • Get Organized- This may sound simple, but making a list of things that you have to may help. You can fall asleep more soundly knowing that everything that you have to do is written down and stored away for you to deal with tomorrow, with a clear head. Writing problems down may even help you come up with solutions for them.
  • Cut Out Stimulants- Avoiding stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine may also help to avoid sleeplessness. Stimulants such as coffee will give you extra energy to stay up at night and stress over your problems. If you are unable to completely avoid theses stimulants, you should at the very least attempt to limit your intake.

These tips can aid you in your efforts to stop the stress at bedtime. A comfortable bed and pillow can also help you to fall asleep more quickly, and stay asleep through the night. What techniques do you use to make yourself fall asleep on restless nights?

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