WAYS TO STOP CORONA VIRUS ANXIETY RUIN YOUR SLEEP
From fear and worry about your health and the health of your loved ones, to
a change in sleep and eating patterns, difficulty in sleeping or concentrating and
worsening of chronic health problems – stress during an infectious disease
the outbreak is rife. Many people spend their nights now tossing and turning,
struggling to unglue from the constant scroll of coronavirus news updates.
At the best of times, sleep comes with a long list of health benefits: It reduces
inflammation, stress, and the risk of depression; improve cognitive function; and
helps the body repair itself and ward off illness. Right now, amid COVID-19, a
good nights sleep has never been more important—but many people are
struggling to get their eight hours.
The most important thing right now is keeping a regular sleep-wake schedule. Try
to get up at the same time every day and get 15 to 30 minutes of sunlight
exposure upon awakening. Go to bed feeling sleepy, but don’t spend more than
seven to nine hours in bed. While everyone has different sleep requirements
most adults only need about eight hours.
Limit exposure to news and social media. In a time like this, it is easy to lose
hours staring at screens, watching as things unfold and change. However, it is not
going to help your anxiety. Instead, decide how much time each day you’re going
to allow yourself for updates. Also, ensure you’re limiting your time scrolling on
your phone through social media. Make sure you only look at trusted resources,
select a couple, and limit yourself to these only.
Take a hot shower or bath 90 minutes before bed. Wash your sheets! Taking a
shower before bed can help you get proper sleep and reduce your anxiety making
you feel good. Go outside as much as you can, whilst always following
government regulations try to get some fresh air. If you have a garden or open
space nearby, then try and get out every day. You need daylight for mood and
your body clock. As a minimum, make sure all windows and blinds are fully open
at all times during the day.