EMOTIONAL STRESS AND INSOMNIA

By Dr. Giorgia Baraldo, Biologist and R&D Product Specialist at NATURALSALUS

When emotional stress becomes excessive, building up over time, it can easily turn into sleeping disorders such as insomnia.

There are two types of emotional stress: Positive stress (eustress) and negative stress (distress). It seems counter-intuitive, but a certain level of stress is important to stay active. Experiencing a situation either stressful or stimulating is a very subjective feeling. However, when the stress level is too high to bear or it goes on for too long, its impact can have negative effects on our mental and physical health. In particular, emotional stress consists of an overload of emotions often causing a general feeling of hopelessness. Stress could be triggered by various situations such as upheavals at work, the loss of a loved one or family problems. If neglected over time, such problems can cause a general feeling of restlessness and irritability to build up. It’s easy for these moods to spiral into a vicious cycle where irritability leads to reduced quality of life and insomnia, which in turn increases one’s irritability and thus emotional stress. Taking care of one’s mental and physical well-being is essential in preventing the onset of such disorders or at least alleviate these negative symptoms that affect a person’s emotional state. One, that severely impacts our daily lives is insomnia.

Donna sotto stress e soffre d'insonnia

Insomnia, what is it?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder, extremely common throughout the world. Roughly, 10% of the Italian population suffers from this disorder. A condition where sufferers have trouble falling asleep, wake up frequently during the night or wake up much earlier than planned. According to a study published by Phillips, only 47 percent of Italians are satisfied with their night’s sleep. People who suffer from insomnia often feel fatigued and tired when they wake up. One of the most common causes for this disorder is emotional stress. Many people overlook it because they accept their sleep disorders as unchangeable. Indeed, if a person suffers from it in their later years or during periods of heightened stress that person very often accepts it as their fate. However in the long run, ignoring it may turn out to be more serious than one might think.

The right rest and sleep quality

The right rest and sleep quality are closely related. In fact, the average person normally spends a third of his or her life sleeping. Sleep is a highly important unconscious condition, divided into precise and measurable phases. Broadly speaking, these phases can be divided into the dreaming – REM phase and the non-REM phase. The amount of rest a person needs is very subjective and tends to vary with age. On average, an adult needs to sleep six to eight hours per night. A healthy and balanced rest is dictated by the sleep-wake phases, which in scientific jargon is called circadian. These two phases can be distinguished by a change in specific physiological conditions. When we fall asleep, several hormones are inhibited whilst others are released. One molecule in particular, melatonin is one of the most important molecules commonly known to be involved in getting a good night’s rest. It is eliminated by the presence of sunlight.

A natural solution to insomnia

Finding a natural solution to combat insomnia and sleep disorders is possible, and involves adopting good habits too. In order to succeed in finding a healthy and balanced rest, it is good practice to prepare yourself a few hours earlier using some simple gestures. Such as exercising regularly, taking a relaxing herbal tea instead of coffee or cocoa in the late afternoon, and not using a cell phone or computer before going to bed. Simple breathing or yoga exercises can also further contribute to restorative sleep. It can be helpful to get the body used to always going to bed and waking up at the same time and not over-sleeping in weekends and thus regaining one’s circadian rhythm. As a further help there’s a natural plant based support called SERENIS. SERENIS is a product designed to combat insomnia, especially counteracting emotional stress – one of the main causes of insomnia. SERENIS has the advantage of not creating drowsiness or addiction. Its formulation is specifically designed to create a state of emotional relaxation and thus promoting better sleep. This formulation not only helps to regain peaceful and restorative sleep but can also be used in cases of emotional stress or difficulty concentrating during the day.

SERENIS is a natural plant product

SERENIS is a 100% natural plant based product and works very effectively on the body. Hawthorn is a small tree that is part of the Rosaceae family. Known for its beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system and muscles due to its invigorating effect. Lemon balm balances the nervous system, and in natural medicine its sedative properties is known for its ability to counteract states of anxiety. Rhodiola is a plant that grows at altitude and has been used since ancient times as a remedy against fatigue and mental and physical stress. Its stress-relieving characteristics also boost memory, and thus the use of this plant can be useful during periods of intense study. Finally, Passiflora incarnata belongs to a family of nearly 520 plants. Because of its sedative and calming effect on the central nervous system, it is used to counter states of anxiety, palpitations, and as a natural medicine by various cultures to promote sleep.

Thanks to our unique BIOENERGETIC EXTRACTION process SERENIS‘s phytocompound is not just the sum of the individual plants, but a product that greatly amplifies its beneficial abilities and effectiveness.

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https://www.humanitas.it/sintomi/insonnia

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Andrew D. Krystal, Aric A. Prather, and Liza H. Ashbrook, The assessment and management of insomnia: an update. World Psychiatry. 2019 Oct; 18(3): 337–352. Published online 2019 Sep 9. doi: 10.1002/wps.20674.

Corriere della sera: Disturbi del sonno. Il sonno degli italiani disturbato dai dispositivi tecnologici.

 

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