Coronavirus and self-isolation have disrupted much of our daily routines and sleep is no exception.
The sudden change of structure during these uncertain times has resulted in some struggling to fall asleep or experiencing strange and vivid dreams which impact on their much-needed rest. Unfortunately, this sleep deprivation has led to people feeling groggy, weak or having difficulty concentrating.
If you or your guests are feeling any of these symptoms, or are frustrated with the little amount of sleep you are getting during lockdown, it is essential to address those concerns before they spiral out of control and begin to impact on health and relationships.
In this post, we’ll look at why you’re struggling to sleep and some potential solutions.
Why am I struggling to sleep?
Everyone requires a good amount of sleep to function well, and, understandably, the stress and worry associated with the ongoing pandemic will have a significant impact on a person’s ability to get a good night’s sleep.
Whether it’s worries about finances, struggles with being away from loved ones or general unease about the global situation, the anxiety felt during the day may leave people struggling to switch off at night, despite any mental exhaustion.
The constant influx of news regarding the coronavirus may also be detrimental. The barrage of updates leaves many in a state of high alert, which in turn raises anxiety levels. This anxiety will eventually lead to damaging sleep quality and creates a vicious cycle that can be tough to break.
Being housebound for more extended periods than usual will also do a sleep schedule no favours. Most people will be used to being naturally active during the day. Whether it’s at work, heading to the shops or out spending time with friends, everyone is spending much less time being active.
Tips for getting to sleep in lockdown
Across the nation, people have had to quickly acclimatise to spending an increased amount of time at home. To combat this sudden shift, it is recommended to stick routines that will help people feel calm and in control, as well as create calm and relaxing environments.
1. Stick to a schedule
This includes trying to stick to the same sleep schedule at night so our bodies can find its natural rhythm, as well as ensuring to go to sleep and wake up at consistent times. As much as it can be tempting while stuck inside all day, it is advised to refrain from taking naps as this will harm your ability to sleep at night.
2. Avoid late-night news
Anxiety can also be a contributing factor, so it is recommended to stay away from catching up on the news or reading social media before going to bed. Instead, people can catch up on the goings-on within the outside world in the morning.
3. Enjoy regular exercise
Regular exercise will also play a significant role in helping people fall asleep at night. Not only is exercise great for our physical health, but it will also have a significant benefit towards mental wellbeing.
4. Create the right environment
Creating the right environment for sleep is also crucial. With summer bringing longer nights, blackout curtains will block any light that could interfere with sleep. In addition to this, comfortable bedding is a must.
From comfortable mattresses to soft and breathable bedsheets such as cotton duvet covers, they can all work to foster a good sleeping environment.
High quality bedding
The right bedding plays a key role in how you sleep, especially in unprecedented times like these. At Homefords, we’ve made every effort to continue providing our wholesale products to customers while maintaining social distancing, increasing hygiene measures and reducing staff hours.