Why do we feel groggy during lockdown? Despite the fact that there isn’t much to do other than sleep, it seems that lockdown is leaving a lot of us feeling tired, restless and lacking in energy. Many people have complained about weird dreams, bad sleeping patterns and feeling sluggish.
Easy ways to improve your sleep during lockdown
There could be a few reasons behind this, such as low sunlight exposure, energy stagnation from a lack of movement and staring at phone and computer screens all day. Despite feeling super tired all the time, most of us are also finding it really difficult to sleep.
We’ve listed a few simple ways to help you get your sleeping pattern back on track.
Set a bed time
Whether you’re working from home, furloughed or heading out as a key worker, it’s important to set yourself a bed time as well as setting a morning alarm. A little consistency in such an uncertain time will help your body adjust.
It can be tricky to motivate yourself when you are stuck inside, but keeping active will improve your sleeping pattern ten-fold. When we are out and about every day we use lots of energy without even realising it, however when WFH it’s really easy to just make tiny trips to the fridge and the sofa. Make a conscious effort to move more, whether you step out for a 10 minute walk on your lunch break, or you do an intense home workout, every little helps.
Create a night-time routine
Building yourself a simple night time routine can help you unwind at the end of a long day. It can be something as simple as applying your nightly skincare products, having a relaxing bath, drinking herbal tea, reading or listening to a podcast. By repeating the same routine every night, this will give your body a sign that it’s time to wind down.
Keep your bedroom tidy
If you are already suffering from stress and anxiety, a messy bedroom can make this worse. Try and keep your room tidy and clutter free, this will help you to relax and unwind.
Avoid late night scrolling
It’s well known that scrolling through social media late at night can stop you from sleeping well. Try and put your phone down and read or listen to a podcast before you sleep. The bright light of your phone or TV can make you feel more awake, so even though it is tempting, put your phone on do not disturb and avoid the screens.
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