The coronavirus pandemic has cast the entire world, into a very uncertain and unfamiliar situation. Countless countries, are on lock down, economies are stagnant or moving at snails pace, and many people live in fear for themselves and their loved ones. As people are mostly worried about how soon a vaccine will be found, it’s understandable that the importance of a healthy sleep pattern might be overlooked by certain people.
However, while we adjust to what is becoming the new normal, and try to remain healthy in a time of COVID-19, prioritizing sleeping properly can be of immense good.
Sleep is an integral part of physical health and effective functioning of the immune system. It’s also an important component of emotional wellness and mental health, helping to manage stress, depression, and anxiety.
Whether you’ve had sleeping problems before COVID-19 or if they’ve only come on recently, there are concrete steps that you can take to improve your sleep pattern during this global pandemic.
1. Reserve Your Bed For Sleep
This means that working-from-home shouldn’t be working-from-bed. It also means avoiding bringing a laptop into bed to watch a movie or series. These habits condition the body into a state where it no longer recognizes your bed as the primary location for sleep, hence, adversely affecting your sleep pattern.
2. Set Your Schedule and Routine
Establishing a routine can facilitate a sense of normalcy even in abnormal times. It’s easier for your mind and body to acclimate to a consistent sleep schedule. When your sleep schedule is irregular, your body finds it a lot more difficult to fall asleep at the appropriate time.
3. Stay Active
It’s easy to overlook exercise with everything happening in the world, but regular daily activity has numerous important benefits, including improving your sleep.
4. Watch What You Eat and Drink
Keeping a healthy diet can promote good sleep. In particular, be cautious with the intake of alcohol and caffeine, especially later in the day, as both can disrupt the quantity and quality of your sleep.
5. Contact Your Doctor if Necessary
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