Updated: Apr 20, 2020
"Along with that, we also fell into the habit of going to bed late and sleeping-in… way in, just to wake up feeling low in energy, not in the mood to do anything and finding focus a challenge."
Many of my family and friends have mentioned that their sleep is not so great the last couple of weeks, and I must admit; mine has been on the rubbish side too. I am sat here thinking about the situation we are all finding ourselves in now; who would have thought social distancing, school closures, lock-downs, working-from-home, would become a thing!?! And wow, what big challenges this has brought to our normal day to day routines and interactions with our nearest and dearest.
One of the biggest things I struggled with, during the initial two weeks of isolation, was keeping track of time and even the day!
My phone alarm would still go off telling me it is time to teach a class, do the school run, taxi my boys to activities and cook dinner (yes, I have an alarm for that too!); and every time it did, my initial thought was “seriously? already?”, followed by me checking the time on my phone just to make sure. Along with that, we also fell into the habit of going to bed late and sleeping-in… way in, just to wake up feeling low in energy, not in the mood to do anything and finding focus a challenge.
My youngest has been telling me that at school they were taught that sleep is important to strengthen and maintain the immune system, help the mind work better, keep us in a good mood and improve our mental health. Well, we've been told now.
So, what can we do to get a proper night’s rest? Here are our top tips:
Work on improving your bed-time routine. Switch off the tech, do a few gentle stretches, meditate or read a book, give my Reflexology to Promote Sleep techniques a go, take a relaxing bath or shower, then hop into your PJs and brush your teeth. C-19 has probably added more stress and anxiety to your life; so do give yourself extra wind-down time each night.
Switch the lights off at the same time every night and invite sleep in.
Set your alarm, ditch the temptation to hit the snooze button, and get up at the same time every day (okay, you can sleep-in on the weekend; but not the entire day!);
Our suggestions may not work immediately, or for everyone; persevere and mix it up a little, it can take time to get into a routine that works for you.
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