Symptoms of Stress and Sleep Problems

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.

Current as ofJune 28, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
David Messenger, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FCCP - Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine
Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine

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