Stress is our response to daily life. It affects us emotionally, physically, and behaviourally. Too much stress, however, can make us tense and anxious and can cause sleep problems. If high levels of unwanted stress are not properly managed, your health and sense of wellbeing can suffer.   

Sleep is an important resource that keeps you healthy, mentally sharp, and able to cope with stress more effectively. Too much caffeine, overly busy schedules, and anxiety, all contribute to the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which is your flight or fight reaction to stress. Cortisol is that jolt of energy you get when experiencing a highly stressful environment. Elevated levels of cortisol in your body effects you immediately and over a longer period can have many other implications on your health including your mental health. Getting enough rest will help you function more clearly the next day.   

The highly stressed individual is not going to sleep well when their body is pumped full of caffeine, cortisol, anxiety and running thoughts. If you don’t get enough time to switch off completely, you will not function at the best of your ability. It will become a vicious cycle of high stress days without sufficient rest followed by another day trying to do the same thing with the day before’s stress added on.  

It is imperative that you find ways to de-­stress so that you can get the much needed sleep you deserve in order to be at the best of your ability.   

Deep relaxation techniques and meditation go a long way to help reduce stress in order to gain quality sleep. A great way for some to relax before bed is sexual activity. It can give you a dose of relaxing hormones and provide several other stress management benefits.  Alternatively a Tantric massage can assist you, providing a profoundly deep level of relaxation as well as the sexual release.  Leaving you to enjoy the benefits without putting in too much effort, particularly for those whose sex drive has been effected by their ongoing stress levels. 

  

With your nervous system utterly relaxed and your mind slowed down, you will experience an incredibly deep and nourishing sleep that will have you waking up refreshed leaving some of yesterday’s stress behind you. 

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