Well, it is back to school, or work, or normal-ish life… for most of us.
And hopefully back to a healthy sleep routine. I am sincerely hoping you and your loved ones have been spared by the multiple COVID waves. Whether in health, money, work or relationships.
But has your sleep changed in terms of duration or quality since the beginning of the pandemic?
Most of you shared with me that yes, your sleep has changed, and for the worse. Poorer or shorter sleep due to more frequent overnight awakenings as well as anxious vivid dreams. A few factors came into play : irregular sleep-wake routines, bed time shifted to later, increased alcohol consumption, poorer nutrition choices, less time spent outdoors, less exercise, more time spent in front of screens, tensions at home and an increasingly blurred line between work and personal life.
Yet some of you started sleeping better or more, as working from home permits later wake-up times and removes the exposure to stress factors like, commuting or being around unpleasant colleagues. Your sleep pattern may also have changed if you shifted your sleep-wake hours during your recent and well deserved holiday (or vacation) schedule, creating a jet lag, due to going to sleep and waking up later than during the usual « school » days.
So, we’ve put together some tips to get your sleep back on track, as life slowly resumes.
8 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR LONGER and BETTER SLEEP when facing TOUGH times
in your FREE post lockdown Sleep Cheat Sheet
1. Create boundaries
2. Manage anxiety and stress factors
3. Adopt a lights routine
4. Create a sleep sanctuary
5. Regulate your body temperature
6. Wind down before bedtime
7. Monitor your nutrition
8. Try herbal remedies & supplements
9. Consult your doctor if...
FURTHER READING RECOMMENDATIONS
A few very interesting articles and scientific studies have looked at this topic closely:
- The impact of the end of COVID confinement on pandemic dreams (Italy)
- Evening-types show highest increase of sleep and mental health problems during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Changes of evening exposure to electronic devices during the COVID-19 lockdown affect the time course of sleep disturbances
- Psychologists explain why it is so crucial for everyone toget back to a healthy routine.
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