Poor sleep during quarantine: tips to conquer insomnia
The changes we are experiencing are rapid and common to all of us. In the same manner, just as common are their effects on our daily routine and the schedule we were all used to follow. The “work-home” -or better- “work-from-home – home” consistent pattern affects our mood as well as our routine!
The new reality has become, and continues to be for some people, an opportunity for introspection, while others have lost their sleep (literally!), trying to adapt to this new situation. The intense stress and insecurity we have all been experiencing during the last months, combined with our limited exposure to the sun, have disrupted the circadian rhythm (or otherwise our biological clock), that regulates our sleep!
Are you also one of those who do not sleep, if the clock does not show 2 hours after midnight, feeling “immovable” in the morning? Are you trying to regulate your sleep? Is the current situation disorganizing you? You are not the only one, and you are not alone!
Tips to improve your sleep quality
Hence, find out what you can do to ensure a qualitative sleep, and consequently, a pleasant awakening!
#1 Keep to a consistent schedule
Do you work from home and instead of 6 you finish 10? OK, what else can you do? Certainly, working from home does not help you to maintain a normalcy, a specific schedule, along with your daily routine. Remember, though, that our repetitive actions matter and determine how we live or how we want to live. Keep your daily professional and personal obligations to a schedule and stick to it!
#2 But first… coffee!
The balm for insomnia is coffee, and one is never enough. Right? Caffeine may provide you with doses of energy, but sometimes it makes you feel tense and intensifies your stress, making for you difficult to relax. Limit the amount and surely avoid caffeine intake from the afternoon onwards!
#3 Get in shape
Exercise does wonders here too, as it helps both the body and the mind to relax and eliminate stress. All you need do is to take the decision. Create your own personal mini gym at home, dedicate even a few minutes every day, and follow an exercise program that suits you the best. Before going to bed, a gentle form of exercise, such as yoga, is the best choice!
#4 Do not disturb me at night, please!
Play relaxed music, reduce noise, and keep technology out of your bedroom! Theblue radiationof digital screens and the sound of chat notifications will not allow you to relax! On the other hand, total darkness will help you calm down and fall asleep more easily.