The Importance of Sleep and Stress Management

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The Importance of Sleep and Stress Management On March 21, 2013, I attended a "StaySharp: Managing Stress and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle" sleep and stress management seminar at the Ted Rogers School of Management in order to gain a better understand the antecedents of stress and how these can be mitigated through stress management techniques in ways that contribute to improved sleep and relaxation habits. The seminar's key objectives included helping attendees gain an improved understanding of what types of events tend to be the most stressful and why, and how the responses to these stressor events can be managed by various stress management techniques. The seminar's key points of interest included the fact that stress is universal and inevitable, and that stress can be a positive influence in people's lives. Other key points included the fact that circadian rhythms control people's sleeping behaviors, but few people in the hectic 21st century seem to be getting enough sleep for their best health. For instance, according to Merrill and Adana (2008), many people engage in busy lifestyles that include the consumption of large amounts of caffeine and tobacco, both of which can interfere with normal sleep patterns and induce stress. These key points are also consistent with the findings of a study by Norlander and Johansson (2005) that showed a connection between disrupted circadian rhythms and adverse health outcomes. When these circadian or biological clock functions
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