Many of the stressors we face day to day can trigger a fight-or-flight response. Prolonged exposure to this stress without relaxation can result in shorter sleep duration and poorer quality sleep.
When you experience stress, your body undergoes a hormonal response in the form of releasing cortisol and other stress hormones. This hormonal cascade creates a burst of energy that allows you to fight or flee from a real or perceived danger.
Prolonged stress levels therefore decrease sleep duration and reduce REM sleep, leading to poorer quality sleep, impaired memory and poorer... Read More »