Here’s How Lockdown Restrictions Could Be Affecting Your Sleep

Plus, three things you can do to help your sleeping situation.

I’m one of those people that always feel tired, no matter how much sleep I get. But since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and since our day-to-day lives have changed so much, I find myself being more tired. Even though I’m not running around to different places day in and day out.

It’s safe to say I’m certainly not the only one. All of our lives have changed this year, and it has changed our sleeping routines too. But how is the coronavirus affecting our sleeping routines? And what can we do about it?

What Are The Causes?

Different Routines

While schools are back open, our routines still aren’t the same as they were pre-coronavirus. Our lives have changed so much this year that it’s hard to keep track of, so a new routine, or even lack of, can really mess with our sleeping schedule.

Having school work to do during the day will definitely help you keep some sort of routine, but then the evenings and the weekend rolls around and you find yourself not being able to enjoy them as much as you used to.

If you can, try making a little schedule for yourself that will be easier to stick to – as well as helping with your sleep, it’ll make those kinds of boring days go a little faster too.

Added Anxiety and Stress

We don’t have to even explain this, because we all know how much anxiety and stress that came with 2020. So much has happened this year, and even right now, there’s so much going on – both here in Ireland and around the world.

There’s a lot to worry about, which can easily affect our sleep as well as the quality of our sleep.

Too Much Screen Time

Another no brainer, now that we can’t really go anywhere to enjoy ourselves, we’re staying indoors and either scrolling through Instagram on our phones, watching Netflix on the TV and some of us are sticking to Zoom on our laptops.

There’s even more screen time than there was back in our regular lives, we’re basically glued to our screens while staying indoors – and usually more than once screen at once. Too much use of screens, particularly just before bed, is a one-track way to affect sleep.

What Can You Do?

Bedtime Routines

I don’t know about you, but I love my bedtime routine. From getting into the cosiest of PJs and taking my time with my skincare to winding down with a book. What I didn’t know, was just how important it is to have a routine before calling it a night and heading to bed.

Whatever you decide to include in your bedtime routine, try to make sure that it doesn’t include a screen. Like we said, screens affect our sleep way more than we know, and the experts usually recommend to stop using screens a half an hour before bedtime.

So take a half an hour each night to catch up on a book, use a face mask or whatever it is you like to do to unwind.

Relaxation Techniques

Similarly to a bedtime routine is practising relaxation techniques – and they’re more important now than ever. The common theme throughout this year is stress, and we’re all feeling it. So whatever you can think of that may relax you, whether it be lighting some scented candles, taking a bubble bath, listening to a podcast or even meditating, try include it in your bedtime routine – or even throughout the day.

It may take some time to get used to it, but once you do, you’ll certainly feel the relaxing benefits.

Make The Comfiest of Beds

This goes without saying, but making your bed your own relaxing sanctuary will definitely help your sleeping routine. Add some cosy throws and extra cushions to make it even more inviting.

If you extend the cosiness to the rest of your room too, you’re sure to feel the benefits. Turn your room into your own relaxing, stress-free place. Ideally, try not to do get too bogged up with your homework in your bedroom if you can help it, so you can associate it with relaxation only.

Plus, if you get in the habit of making your bed each morning (this can be part of your new daily routine too), it’ll make it look even cosier each night.

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