10 Ways to Destress and Get Better Sleep

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If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. ~Dale Carnegie

Are you one of the 7 out of ten adults in the United States that experience stress or some type of anxiety daily and it interferes with your sleeping? (Source: 2007 Stress and anxiety Disorders Survey commissioned by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America)

  • Most adults with a stress-induced sleep problem will experience trouble sleeping at least once a week, if not several times a week.
  • Three-fourths of adults affected by stress say sleep problems increase their stress.
  • 52 percent of men and 42 percent of women say that trouble sleeping due to stress affects their ability to stay focused during the day.
  • Adults getting seven hours of sleep at least four nights a week: 61%
  • The average adult sleeps 6.6 hours a night.
  • Women are more likely to experience sleep problems due to stress, as opposed to men. Source: (ADAA).

Adults with high levels of stress are more likely to admit they aren’t getting enough sleep because their minds are racing: 49 percent vs.10 percent with low stress. (Source: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/sleep.aspx)

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