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July 31, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us in so many different ways, one thing which has been affected is our sleep. With so much free time on our hands, many of us have taken this opportunity to sleep more, perhaps by taking naps or not having to set an alarm every day, so we would expect to have been sleeping better. However, our quality of sleep has taken a turn for the worse and data shows there was a ‘notable drop’ in sleep quality since lockdown was announced.
The reasons why? Lockdown has meant that many of us have been spending more time at home rather than outdoors, so we are a lot less active and therefore we are not getting as tired. We are feeling more anxious than ever due to uncertainty – whether this be health, money, jobs, lack of social interaction- these thoughts have been keeping us up at night. Furthermore, many of our sleeping patterns have changed drastically, with the opportunity to get up later and therefore go to bed later. There has been a lot going on, so many have increased our alcohol intake. All of these reasons whether individually or collectively will have a negative effect on our sleep.
We are all in uncharted territory during this lockdown, therefore it is even more important than ever to look after our wellbeing and sleep is an incredibly important part of that. Scientists have gone to great lengths to understand sleep's benefits. In studies they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.
This just shows why sleep is more important than ever, so we wanted to share with you our tips on ways in which you can improve your sleep quality:
One of the hardest parts for most people is initially getting off to sleep, whether that be because there are so many distractions e.g. screens, or there are so many thoughts going through their head or that their body and mind has not properly wound down. So we suggest that you create a bedtime routine, an hour before you go to bed, which you complete every night. This will help your mind and body to wind down, to get ready to go to sleep. Here is our suggestion for a bedtime routine:
We would love to hear your tips on how to get a good night sleep or what you do as a part of your bedtime routine, be sure to share this with us on social media - @Scentered.
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