The coronavirus pandemic has presented new challenges to our daily lives that we never thought possible. For almost one year now, we've had to cope with restrictions, lockdowns, and entire industry shutdowns to try and contain the spread of the pandemic. Amid all this uncertainty and unpredictability, there have been many unintended consequences like anxiety and disruption in sleep patterns.
Numerous reports have shown that lack of sleep is one of the biggest concerns among people of all ages during lockdowns. This is mainly because none of us have experienced something so unprecedented like this before. So, how do you ensure you're getting enough sleep? Here are some sleep guidelines and tips to help you get a better night's sleep.
Make Your Bedroom a Relaxing Oasis
Ensure You Have a Good Mattress
When you think of it, the pandemic has created many challenges that are disrupting our sleep patterns. From the disruption of daily life to worry and anxiety, isolation and depression, great family and work stress, stress-related fatigue, and even excess screen time during lockdown, this new way of life can be unbearable. But amid all this, we all need one thing at the end of the day – a relaxing sleep on a comfortable mattress.
Ask yourself this, how long have you been sleeping on that mattress? Is it really comfortable? A good night's sleep starts with sleeping on a comfy bed and mattress. Even for couples, a bad mattress can affect your intimate life. A few of our recent reports shows that memory foam mattresses are considered an excellent option for a more relaxed sleep.
Keep a Consistent Sleeping Routine
One of the biggest problems we're having during the lockdowns is dealing with unstable sleeping habits. With even more people working from home, not going to work means waking up at irregular times and even sleeping late. To ensure a better night's sleep amid the pandemic, start by creating a consistent sleeping schedule. What does this mean?
Getting ready for bed at the same time each night
Having a set routine on ways to relax and be prepared for sleep
Setting the alarm to wake up at the same time every day
Over time, your body adjusts to your sleeping schedule, and you'll be able to sleep better during those hours. Maintaining a daily routine, even simple things like taking a shower before sleeping, brushing your teeth, reading, or even meditating, will let your body know it's time to sleep.
Limit Screen Time Before Bedtime
We're all guilty of spending more time at night on our smartphones or tablets, but this can create sleeping problems. Exposure to blue light coming from these devices often tricks our brains into thinking it's daytime, which triggers your mind to be more alert. During lockdown, it's obvious you're spending even more time on screens.
To ensure better sleep, limit your screen time before bedtime. Stay away from your phone, switch off your TV, and dim your lights at least an hour or more before you get to bed. That will help you get ready to sleep.
Be More Active During the Day
Most physical activities in public spaces have been restricted, and lockdowns have made it harder to engage in regular exercise in gyms and open spaces. Engaging in regular exercise during the day plays a huge role in how well you sleep at night. Look for workout videos online and create a daily workout routine. The more energy you use engaging in daily activities, the better sleep you'll have.
Get Started With the Right Steps
Learning how to sleep better during lockdown doesn't end there. You can take more steps, including limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake, watching what you eat and drink, limiting napping, practicing and fostering positive connections, and practicing relaxation techniques like mindfulness relaxation, meditation, and breathing techniques. Ultimately, it's all about adjusting your lifestyle to instill better sleeping habits.