Almost every single aspect of our lives has changed because of coronavirus. Our work routines, eating habits, social plans and most importantly, our sleep schedules have been disrupted. You may think that having a different sleep schedule than before is not a big deal, but this drastic change can actually mess up your health. When you mess with your sleeping pattern, you put your self at a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease. So, it’s essential to get your sleep schedule back on track; here’ show you can do it:
1. Limit Your Screen Time
Scrolling through Instagram and laughing at memes might be fun, but when you continuously expose your eyes to the blue light from your TV and computer, your brain produces lesser melatonin (sleep hormone). Hence it makes you feel alert and awake instead of sleepy. So try and ditch the electronics at least 3 hours before you go to sleep so that you can get your sleep schedule back on track.
2. Do Stretches Before Bedtime
Before you go to bed, make sure you do light stretches to soothe your muscles and ease any tension. Stretching will also help reduce any stress and anxiety you may have; hence it will make you sleep better and help you establish a regular sleeping pattern.
3. Skip Day Time Naps
I don’t know about you, but whenever I take naps during the day, I end up feeling groggy and disoriented instead of refreshed and awake. Naps can disrupt your sleep pattern and make it difficult for you to go back to sleep at night. So power through the day and fall asleep at night.
4. Establish A Sleep Zone
While working from home, make sure you establish a different work zone and sleep zone. Designate a quiet place in your house as a place of work, don’t work from your bedroom! It’s important that associate your bedroom as a place to rest and fall asleep. So in order to get your sleep schedule back on track, keep your work zone and sleep zone separate.
5. No Coffee After 4 pm
This one is probably going to be the hardest—stop having caffeine after 4 pm. Coffee is stimulant, and it can affect your sleeping pattern by keeping you awake. So limit your caffeine intake and don’t consume it post noon.
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