There is no defying the fact that life in lockdown is hard and stagnant. Confining ourselves to our homes presented us with great many challenges; several has taken the web to inquire about their health and sleep problems. Internet is swamped with queries related to health and sleep issues.
During these troubled times, health and quality sleep are important more than they were ever before. Quality sleep improves the immune system, contributes towards zeal, builds stamina and these days also support us to sustain through the lockdown. To help you all with your health and sleep issues, we have gathered a few simple yet effective tips from sleep experts. Let’s discuss them.
Stress is a major sleep disturber. Certainly, these are troubled times, but try to not get it to your head. We know it’s easier said than done; however, there is a simple technique that proved to be therapeutic in this regard it’s known as “worry buffer”. It’s very simple; just set a specific time for yourself in a quiet place to focus yourself on things that are worrying you in your life. Write them down in a journal and think of the possible solutions to them or ways they can be dealt with. In the end, choose the most suitable option for yourself and focus on it.
In the current situation, we need to be more mindful of our fitness and health. Being locked inside and having nothing to do but work, eat, sleep and repeat; we can be susceptible to several health diseases. To keep yourself, healthy, active and productive throughout the day experts of World Health Organization’s recommend to work out for about 30 minutes every day. You can do it indoors or outdoors but don’t forget to maintain the social distance.
Let the light in:
Staying indoors has kept us away from the sunlight. Especially those living in apartment buildings or closed spaces are more prone to developing vitamin D deficiency and sluggishness’. Besides proposing solution to health issues, sunlight light also keeps our body clock synced by suppressing a hormone called melatonin which usually produces in the dark when we prepare ourselves for sleep. So, open up your windows, sit in sunlight for a few minutes, try to work out in light; even on the dull days. Let your body know its day time and indulge it into different activities to make it less inclined towards day sleeping and unnecessary eating.
Maintain or develop a routine and avoid naps:
A sleeping expert told that a good routine is essential to healthy, nourishing sleep as it keeps an individual’s body synced with the 24-hours of the day. While quarantining, do not deviate from your regular home and work routine. Maintain your usual schedule for work, meals, breaks and leisure time. Know quality sleep is a valuable resource; do not squander it with unnecessary naps rather save it for bedtime.
We all are indulging ourselves in cooking experiments, and devouring snacks at odd times can have a pervasive effect on our sleeping routine. Eat according to a set schedule, do not take caffeine after 3 pm, and do not eat and smoke before going to bed to enjoy a rejuvenating sleep.
We hope these tips help you in dealing, anxiety, stress, sleep, and health issues during these tough times. Feel free to drop your queries and feedback in the comment section.