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The pandemic is affecting sleep patterns for people across the globe. Stress and the introduction of social distancing restrictions have caused many sleepless nights not to mention job loss and changes or friends and family sickness. Anxiety can seep into our daily lives like water into a sponge if we aren’t careful and it’s only exasperated the more and more sleep deprived we become. Lack of sleep can make you more vulnerable to illnesses, as it weakens your immune system. Additionally, it creates a vicious cycle of being continually tired increasing your stress levels and making it more difficult to sleep at night again and again.
Remember the previous article on SimpleStepsForLivingLife 4 tips to sleep better at night? It highlighted that sleep enables your body and mind to rest so you can be better ready to tackle the next day at full health. To get a good nights sleep it’s important to help the body relax before going to bed by switching screens off and avoiding sleeping medication dependence if possible. Additionally, creating a cozy and soothing sleeping environment with a comfortable bed and decor can make a huge difference to your bedtime mindset. Lastly, a healthy diet can also support better sleep quality.
Still having trouble sleeping after implementing the above ideas? Here are 4 more tips to help you rest at night.
Avoid sensory overload
It’s hard to get your mind to relax when you are surrounded by lights and noises. Everyone who’s moved from a quiet place into a big city can struggle with sensory overload at night. Street lights and electrical devices emit too much light, which makes it hard to fall asleep. An eye mask could create a dark and soothing environment for bed. You can even find masks with essential oils and crystals for sleep, which are designed to support your energy levels and reduce stress. If city noises are too disturbing, you can also use earplugs or even a white noise machine to prevent them from distracting you.
Switch off your mind
I’ve got so much to do tomorrow.
Urgh, that last Zoom meeting wasn’t my best.
Have I answered all my emails?
Is my backyard big enough to have a Scottish Highlander type pet cow? (Ok, that’s just one that keeps me up at night. LOL)
We’re all familiar with those pesky thoughts that can keep you awake at night. You end up looking at the clock trying to will yourself to fall asleep but your mind is on a rollercoaster that won’t quit! You can elevate your bedtime routine with simple meditation practices that can help to let go. Mindful breathing is a simple technique that refocuses your attention by observing your breath rather than spinning your thoughts endlessly in your head.
Reduce your energy levels
It’s hard to get to sleep when you’re still buzzing with energy. Ultimately, sleeping is a process that requires tiredness. Something as simple as spending a lot of energy can help prepare you for bed. Frequent workouts, for instance, are practical to tackle excess energy. If you find yourself fidgeting during the day or constantly moving and walking in the office, it’s a good idea to make time for exercising.
Have a bedtime ritual
A ritual keeps you grounded and centered. It is a reminder to the mind and the body that you are approaching bedtime. Your bedtime ritual doesn’t need to be complex or sophisticated. You can focus on easy reminders that help prepare your mind and bed. Changing into your PJs and dedicating time to an evening skincare routine can make a huge difference.
Finding peace in bed is no easy task especially during a pandemic. Hoping these additional tips can guide you toward a restful and soothing night!
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