Sleeping six or more hours a night can help lower stress and make you feel better pictures


We all deal with stress at times in our lives, and although sometimes it helps us to push through a rough day, at other times it sticks around way too long. This is because the hormone that causes stress, cortisol, kicks into high gear when times are really tough and causes havoc on our bodies and minds. Cortisol is in our bodies to help our immune systems and balance our blood pressure during hard times. When this hormones kicks on at high rates, we begin to feel the symptoms of stress. These include insomnia, weight gain, blood sugar problems, and an immune system that is slowed. The good news for those of us who suffer from this is that there are ways to help. The best is to simply relax. There are a variety of ways to do this, including: meditation, which has been shown to both cut cortisol levels, as well as blood pressure after 6 weeks; music, which calms the brain, works twice as well during high stress times; and the easiest one, sleep. Sleep is important, but it is especially important to get more than six hours of sleep to reduce stress levels: eight or more will have the best effect. If you dont quite make eight hours, take a nap. This can also help cut some of the hormone out of your system. Other things that can help include drinking black tea, enjoying a good friend, and getting a massage. All of these can help you to not only relax, but also physically see stress reduced. Get a good nights sleep, and you will feel better in the morning.

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