Stress Relievers for Better Sleep
Certain genres of music like _____________, can help lull you to sleep if played at a low volume.
Hi, I'm Sara Fox here for About.com, and today we're going to review some stress relievers for better sleep, using tips from About.com's Stress Management site. If a lack of sleep has got you feeling less productive and more stressed, a few of the following options might be just what you need.Music can be a powerful tool in relieving stress and can be used in many ways. Certain genres of music, like classical, can help lull you to sleep if played at a low volume. However, if you need complete silence to fall asleep, try listening to music throughout the day to alleviate any stress that you're feeling. Upbeat, mellow music can take the edge off stress at the office, while a high-energy, hip hop mix might be just what you need to complete chores around the house.Before going to bed, you can work to achieve a calm and relaxed state with some aroma therapy. Soaking in a warm bath with botanical oils can do wonders for stress relief, as the use of extracts from flowers, herbs, and trees can promote a sense of well-being. Essential oils can also be massaged into the skin, used with teas, or scented in a room. However, if you are particularly sensitive to certain scents or have seasonal allergies, this may not be the best method of relaxation for you.Another option for relieving stress that can be used throughout the day, or before turning in for the night is meditation. Remove all distractions from your immediate environment and spend 10 to 20 minutes sitting in a relaxed position and clearing your mind. Not only will this reverse your stress response, thereby shielding you from the affects of chronic stress, but it will restore your body to a calm state, which is ideal for drifting off into a peaceful sleep.If meditation isn't your thing, or you need something to supplement it, self-hypnosis might work well for you. While this method can be attempted any time of the day, using it once you're in bed can help you fight tension and trigger your relaxation response. The process involves entering a trance-like state where you make suggestions for your subconscious mind to accept. It's a method that definitely takes practice, and may not work for those who have strong pre-conceived notions about hypnosis, or those who lack the time and focus to utilize it properly.Lastly, make some changes to your sleeping environment. A memory foam mattress can do wonders for those who toss and turn, and a set of 500 thread count, quality sheets can help soothe you into a relaxing sleep that lasts the entire night. Changing your pillow can also do wonders, particularly if you haven't done so in awhile. Feather pillows are extremely comfortable, but may bother those who are allergic to down. If this is the case, try a memory foam pillow, which will conform to your head and keep your spine in better alignment. With dozens of stress relief options out there, don't be afraid to experiment or mix and match until you find a method that solves your sleeping troubles. Doing something that works for you is essential in getting a good night's sleep.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.