The last several weeks have been challenging to say the least and are likely affecting everyone differently. People’s routines have been changed dramatically and people are trying to establish a new “norm” for the time being. This can lead to mental, emotional and physical changes. Stress and anxiety can have a big impact on sleep and lack of sleep can in turn affect stress and anxiety.
Health professionals far and wide are figuring out new and innovative ways to help their clients and patients. Essential workers are showing up daily and taking care of other’s needs. So with all the new recommendations and ideas to cope with changes to our mental, physical and emotional health – it remains important to continue to work on healthy sleep habits and routines.
Here are some ideas to assist with healthy sleep habits.
- Get up at the same time every day. This is especially important in these times with more and more people working from home.
- Try to go to bed around the same time every night.
Establish a Relaxing Bedtime Routine
- Meditation (many free Apps available that are very beneficial)
- Listen to relaxing music
- Deep breathing
- Read a book
- Take a relaxing bath
- Hot cup of (decaf) tea
Create a Relaxing Environment
- Try to keep your “office space” separate from your sleep space if possible
- Jot down what's bothering you and then set it aside for tomorrow.
- Try to resolve stress/anxiety before bedtime.
Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime
- Avoid the computer, smart phone, TV, etc.
Exercise regularly and try to get outside daily.
Pay attention to what you eat
- Don’t go to bed on an empty or overstuffed stomach
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine or alcohol before bedtime
This is just a few tips to try and assist you during this time - have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out