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Symptoms of Stress and Sleep Problems

Overview

If you are having ongoing sleep problems, think about whether you may be under a lot of stress. Stress is a normal part of everyday life, but an increase in stress can cause physical and emotional problems.

Symptoms of stress include:

  • Problems sleeping or a change in your sleep pattern.
  • Headache, stiff neck, or nagging backache.
  • Rapid breathing or rapid heart rate.
  • Sweaty palms.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Irritability.
  • Fatigue.
  • Inability to concentrate, to remember, or to make decisions.

Changes in life's expectations or demands may lead to stress. Work, financial problems, family obligations, or changes in marriage or other relationships all may increase stress. It is important to look at all aspects of your life, because stress can build up over time.

If you think that stress is causing your sleep problems, work with your doctor to develop a plan to reduce your stress level and help with sleep.

Credits

Current as of: February 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Hasmeena Kathuria MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine

 
 

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