Another natural way to reduce stress is to make sure that you get enough, but not too much sleep.
Make sure to rest enough
When we don’t rest enough at the end of our day, our body can tense up and it leads to irritability and depression. And when we’re irritable or depressed, we’re stressed.
On the other hand, that doesn’t mean you should sleep for an incredibly long time.
If you sleep longer than your body actually needs, then you can become sluggish and listless which can also lead to stress when you’re unable to meet deadlines, get through your personal to-do list or simply feel down that you aren’t being productive.
Oversleeping can make you just as irritable and stressed out as not getting enough sleep.
How much sleep your body needs
To determine just how much sleep your body needs, it’s important to establish a regular sleep schedule, even on your days off.
It will force your brain to go into shutdown mode at the same time every night, regardless of what you have planned for the next day.
Once you make this change and catch up with your sleep, you’ll find that you’re less stressed, and overall, much happier.
Establish a regular sleeping pattern
To establish a regular sleeping pattern, you’ll just need to do a few things each and every day.
First, you’ll want to avoid any exercise about 2-3 hours before your scheduled bedtime.
As mentioned earlier in this report, exercise creates endorphins that give us energy. And while that’s a good thing, you want to give your body adequate time every night to wind down.
You can take it a step further with a warm bath, too. Consider taking one with some essential oils an hour or so before bedtime.
Vanilla and lavender are naturally calming scents, plus they complement each other very well.
Relax your body is with food
Another way to relax your body is with food. Try having a banana or two, or a handful of peanuts, or even a turkey sandwich about three hours before bedtime.
These foods contain tryptophan, which after being consumed, creates melatonin: a hormone that makes us sleepy.
But avoid eating too close to your bedtime, as doing so can cause heartburn and acid reflux.
Getting the perfect night’s sleep is an easy and natural way to keep stress at bay!