HERE WE BRING YOU THE 5 TOP TIPS FOR BETTER SLEEP
We know that sleep is an essential part of maintaining good health. During these uncertain times, coronavirus-related worries can easily contribute to a loss of sleep.
So if anxiety is affecting your sleep, why not try some of our easy tips here on making sure you keep as well rested as you can.
1. Create a routine
The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted daytime routines for many of us, which makes a bedtime routine all the more important. Set out a proper night-time plan to get your brain into the habit of knowing when to switch off. Try to go to bed at the same time each night and set your alarm to get you up at the same time each morning.
2. Limit your news intake
With news updates on the pandemic continually rolling , it can be tempting to scroll endlessly through your phone. Try to limit the amount of time you spend looking at these, and then an hour before bed try not to look at your screen at all. Pop your phone in another room once you’re in bed to limit the temptation to scroll when you can't sleep.
3. Be kind to yourself
Try not to put too much emphasis on whether you have slept enough, and rather focus on what helps you to feel more relaxed and calm. Often our worry about getting the right amount of or quality of sleep can make us more worried or anxious. Work on creating healthy lifestyle changes like pacing yourself throughout the day, eating healthily, drinking enough water, reducing caffeine intake and doing one form of exercise a day.
Listen to what your body tells you it needs. Some days we need more sleep than others and if you are feeling more tired or recovering from illness then listen to your health needs and give your body what it needs to recover.
4. Try music to soothe your mind
Relaxing music slows both your brain and body down, and at a time like this can provide a welcome escape from the constant tide of news and information. It doesn’t have to be whale or classical music (although if these relax you then go ahead!) – even music played by your favourite band at a low level can help.#
5. Pick out new ways to relax
There are lots of relaxation techniques you can practice at home – ideal at a time when we are being advised to stay indoors. Invest some time and energy in learning something new – yoga, meditation and mindfulness are great for sleep and it’s something you can get the whole household involved in too.
You can watch the Help for Heroes yoga video for sleep and relaxation here.