How Insomnia and Burnout are Related

Inability to obtain restful sleep will set you up for burnout.

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Insomnia is something that many people suffer from on an annual basis. Sleep seems like an impossibility for some, and it has long-lasting impact on your life.

Insomnia symptoms may include: Source of list from Mayo Clinic

  • Difficulty falling asleep at night
  • Waking up during the night
  • Waking up too early
  • Not feeling well-rested after a night’s sleep
  • Daytime tiredness or sleepiness
  • Irritability, depression or anxiety
  • Difficulty paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering
  • Increased errors or accidents
  • Ongoing worries about sleep (so ironic. Worrying about sleep can cause you to not sleep)

The symptoms above mimic burnout conditions. When you are burned out, your brain is so focused on addressing the damage that stress and burnout is causing on your body, that your body doesn’t have the energy to rest. Let me repeat that.

Under stress and burnout, your body doesn’t have enough energy to rest.

One of the symptoms mentioned above (waking up during the night) is a huge issue in the prevention of restful sleep. An article from Practical Pain Management discusses potential causes of disturbed sleep, and introduces CBT as a possible option for treatment.

Burnout is caused by many factors, but a lack of restful sleep in your life is a huge contributor. If you can’t rest, everything will tumble like a house of playing cards.

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