Symptoms of Stress and Sleep Problems

Symptoms of Stress and Sleep Problems

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Symptoms of Stress and Sleep Problems


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Topic Overview

If you are having ongoing sleep problems, consider 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. Changes in marriage or other relationships, work, financial problems, or family obligations all may increase stress. It is important to evaluate 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 promote sleep.

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Current as of: August 31, 2020

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