Getting into a routine when in quarantine can be more difficult than ever.
Whether you are working from home or you are a key worker on the frontline, having a good sleep routine will help to keep us productive.
Did you know that sleep…
- Lowers the body’s stress hormone levels
- Improves our mood
- Improves our memory
- Makes us take better decisions – more sleep equals better choices!
- Helps us out with our concentration
- Boosts creativity
Sleep is important for our wellbeing and most adults require seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
If you have been struggling over the past few weeks, follow these simple steps and you’ll be back on track!
Don’t overdo caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant that can make you feel more alert, switch from coffee or tea to water or warm herbal tea.
Although access to the outside world is fairly limited at the moment, get some fresh air when possible and/or take advantage of the numerous online exercise videos that have been made available over the past few months.
It can feel relatively natural to take a nap throughout the day when we are limited to how much we can do, however, it is important to acknowledge that naps can disrupt our sleeping routine in the night.
Cut down screen time
The Sleep Council UK suggest we stop using electronics an hour before bedtime due to the blue light emitted which can interfere with release of our sleepy hormone, melatonin.
With COVID-19 disrupting schedules and ramping up stress levels, it’s only natural that our sleep patterns would be affected.
A little attention to these sleep tips will make a big difference in your ability to fight off infection, keep your mood uplifted, make good decisions, and support your colleagues, friends and family.