In fact, chronic stress can increase the risk of disorders, high blood pressure, stroke and depression. The experts reveal the seven signs of stress are often unknown or overlooked.
Signs of stress:
- Nightmares or strange dreams
“Under stress, people tend to take everyday problems to bed. During sleep so that they would have nightmares or strange things,” says Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, author of the book Dream On It, Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life, as quoted from DoctorOz.
- Muscles tense
Stress can cause the body’s muscles become tense and stiff. If left unchecked can create muscle pain is unbearable.
- Eye twitching
Eye twitching is also known to be one indication of stress. Although there is no research evidence, but many people have this problem admits also experience stress and fatigue.
- Tooth shaking
“Many people who experience tooth shaking reported experiencing stress during sleep,” says Debbie Mandel, author of “Addicted to Stress”.
- Menstrual Cycle
For women, changes in the menstrual cycle can be an indication of stress. Women who experience menstrual stress generally late or no menstrual periods in a month or two. According to Everyday Health, some women even experience a condition called secondary amenorrhea, when menstruation actually stops.
Many women also experience stress incredible pain during menstruation. Stress is known to cause cramps and pain during menstruation to be two times worse than usual.
- Weak Immune System
Stress can also lower the immune system making you more vulnerable to disease. A study found that people who experience high levels of stress doubles risk of catching the flu. The stress hormone cortisol can decrease the volume of the body’s inflammatory response.
“People who are stressed generally have immune cells that are less sensitive to cortisol,” said Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., the study author and a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
He also said that the immune cells are unable to regulate the inflammatory response. In effect, when exposed to the virus, the cells can easily be attacked.
- Hair loss and graying
People tend to experience more hair loss during stress. In addition, gray hair uncommon among old people can be expedited process when under stress. The Mayo Clinic explains that stress can cause white blood cells attack the hair follicles and makes hair stop growing. White blood cells also can make the hair follicle through a phase of ‘rest’ so easy hair loss during shampooing or combing.