If stress is getting you down, it’s normal to want to lay down in bed.
Here’s why it’s hard to stay awake when you’re stressed.
It’s important to point out that a lot of people feel wired when they’re stressed.
But as HuffPost points out, stress and fatigue go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Now for some not so sweet news, a sleep expert tells the outlet that stress can mess with your sleep cycle.
When we’re stressed, it might take us longer to fall asleep or we might wake up a bunch of times.
That only makes you feel fatigued in the morning.
And even though you have deadlines to hit, you can still feel tired during the day.
Stress doesn’t allow your body enough time to recharge.
The same sleep guru says it’s during periods of deeper sleep that your body has time to repair tissue, rest muscles and boost immunity.
It’s also thought that the fight-or-flight response kicks in when we’re stressed.
Some people battle through, while others retreat and take a break.
The idea is that this fight-or-flight response zaps you of all of your energy.
And with no energy, many choose to hit the hay.
A simple way a lot of folks escape stress is to sleep; it’s a coping mechanism.
But you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.
That means watching your diet; high-carb meals can tank your energy levels and make you sleepy.
More healthy ideas include drinking more water, hitting the gym and carving out some “me” time to do things you enjoy which can cut down on the stress.