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Psychological stress and sleep

Sleep and Stress Relationship: – Adults require 7-9 hours of sleep nightly. – College students often lack sufficient sleep. – Stress and sleep influence each […]

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Sleep and Stress Relationship:
– Adults require 7-9 hours of sleep nightly.
– College students often lack sufficient sleep.
– Stress and sleep influence each other reciprocally.
– Poor sleep can elevate stress levels.
– High stress can cause sleep disturbances.
– Stressors can be categorized as Challenge or Hindrance, impacting sleep quality differently.
– Insomnia affects up to a fifth of the population.
– Stress and anxiety can reduce sleep quality.
– Everyday stressors can disrupt sleep cycles.
– Chronic sleep deprivation and stress can lead to health issues.

Factors Affecting Sleep Due to Stress:
– Overthinking and excess caffeine consumption impact sleep.
– Cortisol levels rise with stress, affecting sleep.
– Stress can lead to objective sleep quality reduction.
– Factors like overthinking and caffeine disrupt sleep transitions.
– Stress factors contribute to a lack of sleep.

Impact on Physical and Mental Health:
– Lack of sleep and high stress levels affect work performance and absenteeism.
– Sleep deprivation is linked to various health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and mental health disorders.
– Stress and sleep deprivation impact cognitive performance, memory, and attention span.
– Chronic stress and sleep deprivation contribute to cardiovascular problems, obesity, and glucose control issues.
– Physical health is significantly impacted by stress-induced sleep changes.

Biological Mechanisms and Immune Response:
– Cholinergic neurons and the HPA axis play roles in stress-related sleep disturbances.
– Chronic stress can lead to HPA axis dysfunction and substance abuse issues.
– Immune responses, including Interleukin-6, are affected by stress and sleep patterns.
– Maternal stress during pregnancy can negatively impact fetal sleep regulation.
– Psychological stress and sleep have complex interactions at the biological level.

Special Contexts and Interventions:
– Military contexts show unique challenges with sleep disturbances and psychological stress.
– Employers can reduce stress by monitoring workloads and creating supportive environments.
– Stress and sleep deprivation impact cognitive performance and attention span.
– Short-term and long-term physical health consequences are linked to chronic stress and sleep deprivation.
– Maintaining good sleep habits is crucial for heart health and overall well-being.

Psychological stress and sleep (Wikipedia)

Sleep is a naturally recurring state of mind and body, characterized by altered consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, reduced muscle activity, and inhibition of nearly all voluntary muscles during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and reduced interactions with surroundings. An essential aspect of sleep is that it provides the human body with a period of reduced functioning that allows for the systems throughout the body to be repaired. This time allows for the body to recharge and return to a phase of optimal functioning. It is recommended that adults get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Sleep is regulated by an internal process known as the circadian rhythm. This 24-hour cycle regulates periods of alertness and tiredness that an individual experiences. The correlation between psychological stress and sleep is complex and not fully understood. In fact, many studies have found a bidirectional relationship between stress and sleep. This means that sleep quality can affect stress levels, and stress levels can affect sleep quality. Sleep change depends on the type of stressor, sleep perception, related psychiatric conditions, environmental factors, and physiological limits.

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