16 Aug Sleeping in COVID Pandemic
Sleeping in COVID Pandemic
COVID-19 has certainly led our world into unchartered waters…where does one begin?
Of course, the enormous impact on our health and mortality is front of mind. Also, economic burden, where countries are slowing to a halt with various levels of lockdown being established.
Snap lockdowns seem to be occurring more frequently as new variants of the virus emerge, and lasting longer. Under these circumstances it is understandable that one can be left feeling a heightened sense of anxiety and stress of the uncertainties surrounding us.
I am experiencing that right now, under quarantine, and can say without a doubt I have not been sleeping well. It is not surprising though that in these unprecedented times the importance of sleep is far from our minds as we worry about everything else.
It is important to remember however that sleep is a critical biological process, and as we juggle mental, physical and emotional demands of the pandemic, it’s arguably more important than ever.
Here is a shortlist from SleepFoundation.org featuring a few key points to consider if you are struggling with sleep during this time:
What Are the Challenges to Sleep During a Pandemic?
- Disruption of Daily Life
- Anxiety and Worry
- Depression and Isolation
- Greater Family and Work Stress
- Excess Screen Time
- Stress-Related Fatigue
Why is Sleep Important During a Pandemic?
- Sleep empowers an effective immune system
- Sleep heightens our brain functions, and our mind works better when we get good sleep
- Sleep enhances moods
- Sleep improves mental health
Guidelines to Sleeping Well During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Set Your Schedule and Routine
- Reserve Your Bed for Sleep
- See the Light
- Be Careful with Naps
- Stay Active
- Practice Kindness and Foster Connection
- Utilize Relaxation Techniques
- Watch What You Eat and Drink
Contact Your Doctor if Necessary
If you have severe or worsening sleep or other health problems, it is advisable to be in touch with a health professional.
For more detailed information on each of these topics visit the SleepFoundation.org website: