Get Your Beauty Sleep
Stress and Psychological Factors
Because sleep is also our psyche's opportunity to work through unresolved psychological issues, says Brenner, "It can be hard on the body if you don't have enough sleep to process your emotional conflicts."
For people who have trouble sleeping, this can be a vicious cycle. "Because of stress and psychological factors, people develop an anticipatory fear that they won't be able to sleep that night, and they spend the whole day worrying about it," says Brenner. One way to break this pattern is to create a sleep ritual—a series of quiet, stress reducing activities—that you do each night before bed.
You can read or listen to calming music such as jazz or classical music. Don't over stimulate yourself. Look forward to the quite time.
Another sleep aide is to avoid bringing your worries to bed by setting aside "worry time" during the day, advises Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D., from the University of California. Spend 20 to 30 minutes during the day sitting quietly, thinking about whatever is bothering you.
Men and women can experience sleep disturbances because of hormonal imbalances. When the primary sex hormones decline with age, the result can be changes in sleep patterns. It is possible to correct hormonal imbalances through traditional Chinese medicine, diet, herbs and hormone therapy.
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