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3 signs you're too stressed to sleep and how to unwind

3 signs you're too stressed to sleep and how to unwind

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If you’re struggling to sleep, stress could be to blame. How do you know if stress is affecting your sleep and how can you calm down for a good night’s rest? Here are 3 signs you’re too stressed to sleep and some simple tips to help you unwind.

1. Your mind is racing

When your body stops but your brain doesn’t, this is a sign of stress. Thoughts that go around and around, lists that pop into your head, and a feeling of being constantly on the go – sound familiar? A racing mind can stop you getting a good night’s sleep.

2. Your aches and pains make it hard to relax

Physical tension, a clenched jaw, headaches and sore shoulders can all be signs of stress, and they can all make it hard for your body to relax into sleep. 

3. You feel tired but wired

Feel like everything in your body is turned on, even though you’re exhausted? If you can’t turn off, it probably means the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol are pumping through your body. This keeps you in fight or flight mode rather than the rest mode you need before sleep. Watch out for signs like a quick-beating heart, sweaty palms or being unable to sit or lie still. Your body’s telling you your nervous system is activated and needs some support.

Simple tips and tricks to unwind


  • Mindfulness exercises: even 5 minutes a day can help you become aware of each moment of your day as it happens, which can help reduce stress. The Black Dog Institute has some great resources to help you get started.
  • Daily gentle physical activity like walking, yoga, or stretching.
  • Avoiding caffeine after 11am.
  • Checking your posture at work or getting regular massages to help ease your tension.
  • A calming bedtime routine with screen-free time, herbal tea, a hot bath, or breathing exercises.

Kiwiherb’s stress and sleep products can help too. Support a stressed nervous system daily with Kiwiherb StressCare. It combines essential B vitamins with therapeutic doses of Withania root and Lemon Balm. These herbs are traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to enhance the body’s adaptation to stress and promote a healthy stress response.

To soothe yourself into a good night’s sleep, try Kiwiherb Valerian. Valerian is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to decrease nervous tension, mild anxiety and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep.

Even better: all Kiwiherb products contain no artificial flavours, sweeteners or colours and are free from gluten, soy and nuts. 

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.