Stress upsets the balance between the phases of REM and non-REM sleep, leading to insomnia, Tatyana Surnenkova, head of the Somnology Center at the Medsi Clinical Diagnostic Center on Krasnaya Presnya, told the Prime agency on October 2.
“One of the manifestations of stress is increased episodes of shuddering when falling asleep, a decrease in memories of dreams, and an increase in the threshold for awakenings. And in some cases, stress affects the content and intensity of dreams,” she said.
According to the sleepologist, stress often makes falling asleep worse because the brain is too hyperactive, and trying to fall asleep in this state creates even more anxiety.
Surnenkova recommended to “pacify” the work of the vagus nerve, as well as to improve nutrition. For example, avoid nicotine and caffeine a few hours before bedtime, which are both stimulants.
In addition, if possible, it is important to get rid of negative thoughts at least before going to bed. To do this, you can try meditation, said the somnologist.
On September 18, the therapist Olga Usatova listed products that allow you to fall asleep faster. Nuts, meats, legumes, fish and other seafood that contain tryptophan help a person sleep better, she says.
In August, psychologist Mark Travers talked about a way to get rid of nightmares. He noted that sleep problems are often a reflection of problems in real life. To address this issue, it may be a good idea to seek mental health support, the specialist advised.