Since lockdown many people are struggling with their sleep. This isn’t surprising when we have a natural sleep rhythm tuned into our normal routines. We all know dealing with change can cause stress and anxiety and in the current climate this may well be another roadblock to a good night’s sleep. Without sleep our bodies don’t function as efficiently, a lack of sleep can make us more prone to injury when we exercise, lowers productivity and can lead to overeating.
If counting the sheep isn’t working! Here’s a list of some helpful tips to sleeping well.
Waking up and going to bed at the same time each day helps improve sleep. Perhaps set an alarm at the same time each morning or try being strict with yourself about when you get your head down.
Exposure to natural light can do our sleeping patterns a world of good. Why not make a point of enjoying your morning cuppa outside in the sun if you can.
Switching that afternoon coffee to a tea might not give you the afternoon pick-me-up you need right now, but after a few nights of good sleep you might find yourself not needing to reach for that afternoon caffeine or sugar fix.
Take half an hour out of your day to zone out from the world around you.
Doing just 30 minutes of exercise a day can help get rid of some excess energy and prevent your brain from whirring before bed.
Eating early has a positive impact on our circadian rhythm (body clock). Eating before 6pm and avoiding those evening snacks can help your body to understand that you’re preparing for sleep.
Some people see alcohol as a relaxant but in truth, the sugar in alcohol has a negative effect on sleep. Swap that evening glass of wine for a water and you might just notice a big difference.
Winding down with a warm bubble bath relaxes the muscles and can provide a space to zone out from the world around you. (Device free!)
Whether you want to focus on the good and write down 5 things you’re grateful for, or use as a space to vent, writing in a journal can help your brain to switch off before going to sleep.
Blue light can trick the body’s circadian rhythm into thinking it’s too early for bed. Try switching off devices and reading a book instead.
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