If sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health, stress is probably the worst. Stress has direct effects on the adrenals, causing them to put out more cortisol. Elevated cortisol, in turn, has a wide range of effects on your body including slowing or stopping digestion and absorption, altering your calorie needs and usage, altering how you store your food (think: increased belly fat) and altering your liver function, which in turn affects your ability to detoxify.
In other words, it’s critical to decrease stress. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to do this including exercise, meditation, talk therapy, changing your thought processes to be more empowering, and removing yourself from situations that cause your stress to go up. And remember, not getting enough sleep will cause your stress levels to rise, so refer to the first foundation above.