Reducing Stress with Proper Sleep Urged for Weary Workers

The difficulty of separating a stressful work life from one’s life at home leads to problems with sleeping for many people, an issue which can easily become compounded by the additional stress of being tired and physically fatigued. Hoping to help people overcome this challenging cycle, a German professor in psychotherapy has recently recommended a series of actions for improving the chances of a good night’s sleep. The professor’s suggestions include changing into fresh clothes once home, engaging in a separating activity such as drawing blinds, and getting exercise during the day.

© Copyright 2010 by By Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, therapist in Olympia, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to

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  • Janis T.

    Janis T.

    May 24th, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    I suffer from this problem and I just can’t seem to get out of the never-ending cycle.I get home late in the evening and I just can’t seem to have any energy left to do anything after that and all I do is have dinner,watch television and then go to bed and get some troubled sleep :(

  • Laura


    May 25th, 2010 at 6:55 AM

    I hear you, Janis. There is a nice article called “When the Doctors Need Doctoring” by Suzanne Koven, M.D. that echoes this idea that helping professionals need balance in life. I find that in this world of managed care pressure and economic crisis (aside from client care – which is probably the easiest part in comparison), work sector stress at times bleeds into personal life and indeed, a stress cycle can take effect on all aspects of our lives. How can we improve taking care of ourselves so that we can better take care of our clients?



    May 25th, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    whenever I come home from any work outside,I just HAVE TO change my clothes and get freshened up. I just can’t carry on without doing that and I often recommend this to my siblings as well. I feel relaxed and find myself much more recharged once I’ve done this.

  • Jane F

    Jane F

    May 25th, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    I have to say that I sleep much better now that I am happier with my job and I have foind a way to incorporate more exercise into my day.

    There were times that I had insomnia but I was not taking care of myself and I slept horribly. But now that I take care of myself better the sleep has also improved.

  • Nicole


    May 25th, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    I completely agree with what is said here…sleep is something that is just unparalleled in the way that it relaxes and comforts you, rejuvenates you and just recharges you.There has never been a substitute for sleep and there can never be!

  • Neal


    May 26th, 2010 at 4:39 AM

    For some of us here the answer is not as simple as getting a good night’s rest. Sleeps eludes many of us keeping us worn down and tired on a regular basis. And no matter what I do I can’t get enough. Sometimes I will go to sleep just fine but can’t stay asleep all night. There are other times when it feels like I will never drift off and then boom! the alarm goes off and it’s time to start all over again. I have tried breathing exercise, sleep aids, everything but nothing seems to work. I think sleep might be hopeless for me.

  • veronica


    May 26th, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    I think all this can also be avoided by not drinking too much and taking care of the foods that we consume, because some foods make us a lot more lazy than other foods.

  • MV


    May 26th, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Sleep is a wonderful gift that mankind has been bestowed with, to recharge and rejuvenate themselves. But what we are doing today is just unnatural behavior…late-night partying (which includes a lot of drinking), late-night shopping and what not?! We are just trying to do a lot of things that we were not made to do in the first place! Night time is to sleep, to take rest and not to be getting drunk like crazy and then complaining about lack of sleep and health problems!

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