Stress and anxiety can cause a lot of wellness issues including behavioral, emotional, and physical. Some can be short term while others can be long term due to a stressful circumstance in your career.
A number of problems can arise with a challenging project, working environment changes, switching positions, relocating, or receiving a new supervisor, stress on the job can come in waves. Your career may even need additional schooling or training which adds more pressure as you grow with the job.
There can be many signs to anxiety on the job like lacking concentration, arriving late, acting out, being apathetic, and making simple mistakes.
To sleep through the night and get the proper z’s to prepare for a new day at work, there are a number of things to think about if you suspect your job is the problem.
Work anxiety affects people of all ages so it is not just reserved for single parents, stockbrokers, police officers, or anyone holding down multiple jobs. The important thing is to get help early and often to avoid long-term side effects for your health and well-being.
By approaching each career fork in the road with a breath, a number of ideas to leave work at work can improve the quality of your home life and your sleeping habits.
But none of the work strategies will improve your quality of sleep without some work at home.
Yes, you may need 7-9 hours of sleep but quality counts. It is not all about the number of minutes you are laying in bed. Several factors qualify as quality sleep.
Sleep Health, the Journal of the National Sleep Foundation, indicates the following as quality restful nights:
With numbers at 27 percent of the population struggling to fall asleep in 30 minutes or less proves a lot of anxiety is on the minds of Americans when laying their head down on the pillow. Identifying ways to alleviate the sleep loss when first lying down may eliminate the restlessness.
The quality matters so that you can live a longer life. With insomnia or other ailments like restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea to name a few, other health issues can take its toll without sleep.
According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, those who suffer from depression or anxiety claim an increase in their anxiety due to lack of sleep with 52 percent of men and 42 percent of women stating it directly affected their ability to remain focused the next day.
Your social life can also suffer which can lead to depression or increased depression signs. Without quality sleep, the body cannot repair and becomes a state of sleep deprivation that stacks nightly. This leads to a rapid decline of behavioral response including moodiness and irritability.
The positive news is that you can control your depression and sleep problems without the need to add medications. Dr. Lara Schuster Effland, LCSW, finds practical tips for the mind and body to aid with the stress.
Reaffirming statements alone can positively alter your cognitive behavior like starting a sleep journal to write down your immediate thoughts.
If you are in a pattern of sleepless nights that are negatively affecting your health, your family, or your career, connect with the Alaska Sleep Clinic for a free consultation. Our sleep medicine specialists offer the help needed to get back on track with a quality, healthy night’s sleep.