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Pandemic Sleep Problems

Not sleeping well these days? Get better rest with these tips.

Anxiety affects sleep. And across the world, anxiety levels have been through the roof lately. As a result, doctors have seen an increase in patients dealing with insomnia. Fears of COVID-19, financial strain, and adjusting to new norms are on everyone’s minds—so much that sleep is being negatively affected.

Sound like you? If so, your body probably feels exhausted, but your mind is on high alert and can’t seem to shut off at night. This is because anxiety activates the nervous system, making it difficult to relax. You may have insomnia if you consistently have trouble falling asleep or if you wake in the night unable to fall back asleep.

However, you shouldn’t let poor sleep go unchecked. Playing an important role in your health and wellness, sleep has a big impact on your immune health, and you need your immune system to be as strong as possible.

How can you get back your good sleep? Keep reading for tips on battling insomnia during a global pandemic.

Relax about It

It’s easier said than done, but when you can’t sleep at night, relax. If your sleep problems have recently developed, it’s likely due to the stress of the pandemic.

Most sleep issues are short-lived and resolve on their own. Worrying over lack of sleep will only make the problem worse. As with all the other life changes this year, less sleep may be something you need to accept for a short time. Things will improve down the road.

Sleep Schedule

Maybe you’re working from home, waking up later, or staying up later than usual. An inconsistent sleep schedule may seem fun, but it can lead to insomnia. Your body thrives on routine. Make it a priority to go to bed and wake up in the morning at the same time each day, even on weekends.

After a rough night you may be tempted to take a nap. While a short afternoon nap may help energize you until bedtime, avoid long naps or a nap close to bedtime.

Manage Stress

Learning healthy ways of managing your stress can keep it from interfering with your sleep. Exercise is one of the most effective remedies for anxiety. It allows you to burn off the stress hormones circulating in your system that are keeping you awake at night. If your gym is closed, find outdoor activities or home workouts that you can do each day. And don’t forget to contact your trainer to ask about online workouts!

Still stressed? Download an app designed to help you relax. Look for an app that offers things like calming music, deep breathing exercises, mindfulness exercises, bedtime stories, or guided imagery. Sitting around indoors all day can make you depressed and harm your sleep. Your body needs exposure to sunlight for health and sleep rhythms. So spend a few minutes outside each day, even if you have to wear a mask.

Turn Off Screens

If you’re dealing with anxiety concerning the pandemic or other news headlines, watching the news will only exacerbate your fears. Take a few days break from the news and you may sleep better at night.

And don’t forget—because of the blue light they emit, screens before bed may make it harder for you to fall asleep. Darkness triggers production of melatonin, the sleep hormone, so turn off all screens at least half an hour before bedtime to help your body prepare for sleep.

Get Out of Bed

The longer you try to sleep without success, the more frustrated you become, and the longer it may take you to fall asleep. If you’ve tossed and turned for at least 20 minutes at bedtime or in the middle of the night, get out of bed and do a quiet activity in low light. Read a book, do a word search puzzle, or write in your journal until you feel sleepy.

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