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Stress and Insomnia

Stress and Insomnia

stress and insomnia

A recent study at theSleep Disorders and Research Centre at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that certain methods we use to deal with stress can increase our risk of insomnia.
‘It’s not the number of stressors, but your reaction to them that determines the likelihood of experiencing insomnia,’ says lead author Vivek Pillai, PhD who headed up the study. What we do in response to stress can determine whether it causes insomnia, or not.
The researchers identified 4 main methods for coping which were associated with an increased risk of insomnia. These included
– Disengaging with the stressor and trying to ignore it
– Using drugs or alcohol to cope
– Distraction with a movie or TV
– Having lots of intrusive thoughts about the stressor.

The researchers found that it was the last point, having intrusive thoughts, which had the biggest impact on insomnia.
Many of us, even those without stress and insomnia, will know what’s it’s like to lie awake thinking about something, being unable to stop worrying or switch off.

Listening to the recordings and practising the exercises advised in this programme, can help you to ‘quieten’ down the mind and turn off mental chatter, so that you can sleep more soundly.

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