DAY & NIGHTTIME TIPS FOR BETTER SLEEP

It's no secret that these are unprecedented times.  The threat of the coronavirus pandemic on personal, community, and societal levels, it is normal to experience anxiety and sleep problems.

Our brains just might be protecting us, and by doing so it’s harder for us to ignore our surroundings.   You see, sleep is a reversible state marked by a loss of consciousness to our surroundings, and as members of the animal kingdom, our brains have evolved to respond to dangers by increasing vigilance and attention. 

The virus' pervasive disruption to our daily lives which has put many many of us in a position to control our behaviors and dampen the impact of the emerging pandemic on our sleep.  Nurturing healthy sleep is important; better sleep enables us to navigate stressful times better in the short term, lowers our chance of developing persistent sleep problems in the longer term, and gives our immune system a boost. 

In addition to our all natural, orally dissolving sleep strips to help you fall asleep easily, sleep soundly and wake refreshed, we also like to put these practical tips to practice from Harvard Health Publishing:

DAYTIME TIPS TO HELP WITH SLEEP  

  • Keep a consistent routine. 
  • Get morning light. 
  • Exercise during the day
  • Don’t use your bed as an escape. 
  • Avoid caffeine late in the day.
  • Helping others may help with feelings of uncertainty or unease. 

NIGHTTIME TIPS TO HELP WITH SLEEP 

  • Prepare for bedtime by having a news and electronic device blackout. our television on the sleep setting. Make a pact with your family members to respect these parameters.
  • Cell phones, tablets, and all electronic devices turned off early, 1 hour before bed.
  • Minimize alcohol intake.  
  • Set a regular bedtime.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Create a comfortable sleep environment,
  • Don’t spend too much time in bed during the night (or the daytime). 

Disrupted sleep is a normal response to stress, and it is okay to have a few nights of poor sleep as you adjust to new routines and big changes to your work and personal life. But with some simple measures you can preserve your sleep and improve your well-being during these uncertain times. We can’t control what’s happening in the world right now, but we can control our behaviors and dampen the impact of the emerging pandemic on our sleep.

*Adapted from Harvard Health Publishing

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