Surprisingly, it is not unhealthy to stress, but our inability to recover from it.
Medical science describes stress as anything that disturbs our healthy being. So stress is not just mental stress, but it includes any kind of physical, hormonal, emotional and environmental stress as well. Stress is an unavoidable part of our life. A good level of stress can result in high productivity at work, but beyond a certain level, it negatively impacts not only our work performance but our physical & mental health as well.
Sleep is the natural de-stressing cycle – it is our ultimate superpower
That’s correct! sleep does so many things for us – repairs cells, resets hormonal balance, digestion, memory consolidation, fights infections and naturally de-stresses us every night. It ensures we recover overnight from the stress and wake up refreshed and rejuvenated to take up the stressors head-on.
Our psychological and physical resources are restored during recovery – and adequate recovery is necessary to overcome the effects of stress. Sleep is naturally the most crucial time for recovery. Sleep is the superpower we are born with, that allows us to get up each day and face the world with tenacity, no matter how difficult and stressful the previous day was.
However, we are not recovering as well as we should be, which is adversely affecting our health. Burnout, now a very common phenomenon, is defined as mental, physical and emotional exhaustion from prolonged exposure to work stressors. Research shows that burnout stems from recovery deficit, manifesting from inadequate or disturbed sleep. Let’s understand why we aren’t recovering as well as we should be!
While the stress is considered the biggest catalyst to lifestyle diseases today, the real culprit is our inability to recover from it. As stress will always be an inseparable part of our lives, here’s why we should adapt to it by maximizing recovery.
Why Is Recovery Not Happening?
When we’re young, our stress levels are low and our sleep is excellent and that helps us to fully recover. Hence we wake up refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the next day. As we grow older, the modern lifestyle takes over, our stress levels go higher, and our sleep worsens. This leads to insufficient recovery or residual stress, which over time takes the shape of lifestyle disorders like diabetes, obesity, anxiety, and heart disorders.
How To Ensure Complete Recovery?
Theoretically, by either reducing stress or improving sleep. Scientific research shows that people who sleep well experience less stress compare to people who are sleep deprived. Good recovery requires smart choices and an attitude change, especially for people who are used to overdoing it and pushing themselves beyond their limits.
However, this is easier said than done. We cannot change our lifestyle just like that. But there is a way out!
Starting this World Sleep Day, on the Dozee app, we are giving you the ability to
- Measure and Track your recovery: We cannot improve what we cannot measure. Dozee’s advanced algorithm allows you to track your recovery on a daily basis and take conscious decisions to manage your recovery deficit.
2. Improve your recovery: Dozee will now help you incorporate relaxation sessions during the day to make up for the missing recovery and provide you with a much-needed boost between hectic schedules. These relaxation techniques are time-tested and well-proven in boosting physical, mental & emotional recovery.
Stress is going to be a companion for life but tracking and boosting recovery can keep you relaxed and performing at your best day after day. At the same time, recovery will keep your health in check. Reach out to us at www.dozee.io and help us make recovery your Mantra.