The fear of COVID-19 has altered our lives. From emptying roads to shutting down of malls, the virus has not even spared our sleep. Amid the lockdown, people have found themselves struggling with mental health while confined to their houses. A lot of it can be related to their changed sleeping habit. A night of sound sleep plays a vital role in ensuring our bodily function. Sleep struggle along with continuous tossing and turning can leave you feeling fatigued for the day-in the long run, it will affect your overall health. However, we can’t don’t have any solution to the ongoing spread of coronavirus, but, we can certainly help you to improve your sleep quality.
The lockdown has left us with a limited number of entertainment choices, but to depend on our phones. Whether you’re watching Netflix for passing the time or scrolling down the news feed to check the virus update, chances are you’re always on the phone. However, electronic gadgets, like mobile phones, tablets, Kindle emits a kind of blue light which can cause sleeplessness. It disrupts melatonin levels which regulate our sleep cycle. So, you better ditch your phone a minimum of 30 minutes before you hit the sack.
Another trick to fall asleep includes making your room cosy and well ventilated. An ideal temperature for good night sleeps ranges somewhere from 18 degree Celsius or lower, according to experts. A warm room might not be as comfortable to sleep as you think.
By now we assume you must be knowing how too much caffeine can affect our body. We all are guilty here for chugging extra doses of coffee throughout the day to keep our work from home going. The effect of caffeine can be different from one person to another. While some can feel it at the start of the day, others struggle with sleep later. It is better to keep an eye on your intake.
Lockdown has also increased craving for a midnight snack. Experts suggest that one should avoid eating within three hours of bedtime to prevent indigestion, acidity and even nightmares.
According to a recent study, taking a warm shower around 8:30 pm or 90 minutes before bedtime can help people to fall asleep faster.
Sleeplessness during this lockdown can also be a side-effect of nicotine or alcohol withdrawal. This might need medical help.
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