Tips & Tricks

Losing Sleep Over Pandemic Stress- 5 Tips To Help

Insomnia is a widespread problem, and the pandemic has made it worse than ever. People are losing sleep over the stress and anxiety of getting infected, fear of losing a loved one, or financial concerns. Disruption in routines, remote work challenges, excess screen time, and isolation have made things worse. With so many factors depriving you of sleep, the problem seems hard to deal with. Fortunately, you need not worry a lot because a few simple lifestyle changes and measures can get your sleep patterns on track. Here are a few tips that can help.

Set your schedule

Whether you are working from home or going to the office, a regular schedule is vital to steer clear of sleep-related issues. Form a routine for sleep time and wake time, and stick to it. Practice good sleep hygiene, such as keeping the room clean and avoiding gadgets in bed. Reserve your bed for sleep, not office work, no matter how comfortable it feels. A consistent schedule brings a sense of normalcy even during an unprecedented situation like this one.

Stay physically active

You may have skipped your gym during the lockdown, but it isn’t an excuse to stop exercising. Physical activity plays a key role in relieving stress and anxiety as it regulates stress levels. It also helps you stay fit and sleep better. Make sure that you squeeze time for exercise every day. Adopt other measures to stay active, such as walking to the market or taking stairs instead of the lift.

Look for natural sleeping aids

The pandemic stress may be causing real trouble with your sleeping habits, but the last thing you should do is get addicted to medication. Look for natural sleeping aids because they do not have side effects. CBD can do wonders for resetting your patterns without side effects and forming a habit. You will have several questions for sure, starting with what is cbd? How does it work for insomnia? Is it safe? Well, it is a natural miracle wellness aid that offers a host of benefits without any side effects. It relieves pain and inflammation and alleviates anxiety, making it ideal for those dealing with insomnia.

Avoid long afternoon naps

It is easy to feel tempted to take midday naps when you are home all day. While napping can help you feel relaxed and reset your energy levels, long sessions during the day can give you sleepless nights. Limit nap duration to just 10-20 minutes and avoid long ones. Even shorter breaks will offer big benefits without hindering your bedtime schedule.

Use relaxation techniques 

Using relaxation techniques is another good way to handle pandemic stress and get rid of related sleep issues. Mediating, deep breathing, and stretching make you feel restful and relaxed. You can also do some quiet reading or listen to calming music before going to bed. Avoid reading or watching negative news because it can overwhelm you and affect your sleep. 

Resetting a restful routine sounds challenging amid the stress of the pandemic, but a little effort can take you a long way. It is worthwhile because good sleep can break the stress cycle and boost your immunity, which matters the most while the virus is still here.

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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