Another essential tool for stress reduction is getting adequate amounts of sleep. When you sleep, the stress hormone, cortisol, has lowered, but when you not get proper sleep cortisol levels rises. Further, your energy levels will go down and you’ll be less able to cope with any setbacks during your day. If you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep insomnia can certainly be a cause for stress in itself. Sleep helps to calm the overly busy mind, soothe the emotions and relax the body.