Stress Effects and Management Report

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Sleep is a natural state of rest for both the mind and body (Farlex, Inc., 2009). Adequate sleep on a consistent basis will assist you in staying healthy and performing at your best. Sleep also improves your daytime alertness and mental abilities, as it is a great stress management technique. The remaining information consists of my experience in practicing an adequate amount of sleep for a two-day period. This report also states how effective the adequate amount of sleep I obtained was in reducing my stress, whether I would be inclined to use such a technique again, and my recommendation to others.

My personal experience on practicing sleep as a stress management technique proved to be extremely effective in reducing my stress level. According to multiple studies by physicians and foundations, the average number of sleep per adult is 7-9 hours on a daily basis to prevent stress levels (Insel & Roth, 2008).

Unfortunately I average about 3-4 hours of sleep on a daily basis causing an effect on my stress level and overall performance. It was then until I practiced the sleep technique for a couple days.

On day 1, I sensed myself to be stressed about various situations. After 8 hours of sleep, I started my day a bit lethargic but surpassed the day feeling very alert. Attempting to go to sleep the evening of day 2, I found myself not so sleepy. I stepped out of bed and went downstairs to read a book until I was ready for bed. Day 3 and 7 hours of sleep after, I felt so restful, competent, and energetic proving the sleep technique to be effective.

This technique is one that I will continue to practice as often as possible as stress has harmed me in various ways. "It has been...