It’s 4:00 am and Netflix is asking once again ‘Are You Still Watching?’, and you aren’t entirely sure if you are or not. You hit ‘Continue’ anyway. Another four hours until your phone alarm will be vibrating on the bedside locker and a new slog of a day begins.
This little story will be familar to many of you, and you aren’t alone.
Stress and inactivity are wreaking havoc on the day to day lives of many during lockdown, and this build-up of negative energy is, in turn, wreaking havoc on our ability to get a good night’s sleep, or even rest at all.
The vicious cycle of sleepless nights and sluggish days is impacting every corner of our lives, and in many cases, our mental and physical health. That’s why it’s never been more important to focus on getting quality sleep during this incredibly strange time in our shared history.
Here are some tips for creating the conditions for a good night’s sleep.
Routine, Routine, Routine
It’s so important – we typed it three times. It is vital that you establish a good routine complete with a time to rise, a time to go to sleep, and plenty of regular activites between them. This will effectively train your body to rest when the day is over, and rise when it’s time to get going.
No more daytime naps
We get it, sometimes those after-dinner naps are the best ones, we’re not here to judge. But those short daytime sleeps are throwing your sleeping pattern out of balance and making it virtually impossible to lay your head at night time.
Boredom may be rife, making it difficult to resist the temptation of the bed, but these seemingly harmless naps are your worst enemy.
Switching off is difficult during covid-19. We’re constantly bombarded with new information and new talking heads, but this constant influx of news isn’t allowing your mind to reach a state in which it can rest.
It may sound funny coming from a news website, but there comes a time in the day when you should shut off all technology, quit the daily news cycle, and simply allow yourself to rest and wind down for two hours before you go to sleep.
Keep a tidy bedroom
We may be spending more time in our bedrooms than we ever have before, and that could also be contributing to our difficulties with sleep. Our rooms are more ‘lived in’ than ever, and that’s having a knock-on effect on our mental health.
Untidy rooms wreak havoc on our subconscious and make us feel as though we are losing control of our lives, and one of the easiest ways to seize back control is by simply tidying that space and making it ours again.
Besides that, a tidy and well-ventilated room is more comfortable, and that comfort may be the missing factor causing your sleeping problems.
Switch off Netflix
And pretty much every other piece of technology that’s demanding too much of your attention before bed. The blue light associated with TVs and tablet technology can be highly detrimental to your sleeping pattern and, in some cases, can cause insomnia.
So give your eyes a rest and switch it off.