It's no surprise that stressful events often lead to short-term insomnia. The real problem arises when short-term sleeplessness develops into long-term, chronic insomnia.
It's thought that as many as 20% of adults suffer from short-term insomnia - and it's more prevalent in women than men.
A recent study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine set out to explore the behaviors that lead to insomnia - and the results are quite interesting.
Researchers found that it wasn't so much the stressful events that led to insomnia - instead, it was how individuals reacted to those stressful events that determined the effect on their sleep health.
The coping methods that most harmed sleep included the use of drugs and alcohol, using media as a form of distraction and failure to address or confront the cause of the initial stress.
In other words, it's how we react to stressful life events that has a direct impact on our sleep - not the stressors themselves.
Researchers suggested that techniques such as mindfulness-based therapies can be particularly effective when it comes to reducing the mental chatter associated with stressful events.
Last updated: January 16, 2015