Pre-pandemic life was stressful and full of triggers and sleepless nights for most of us. The situation is now ten times worse because Covid-19 has - for most of us - increased every stressful element in our lives. So, if you are having trouble sleeping and most importantly sleeping peacefully, you are not alone and it makes perfect sense.
Over time, various studies have been conducted and many articles have been written about sleep; and how important it is to the human body and just how much our brains need it. From needing sleep to help you grow as an infant to needing sleep to help you remain the same as an adult, the act of closing your eyes and drifting blissfully away into dreamland remains undisputed as far as needs are concerned.
“That being said, a lot of people don’t have the luxury of sleeping the recommended eight hours and others have the luxury of time but sleep remains elusive.”
It is worth noting that inability to sleep or insomnia (defined by Mayo Clinic as a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep) is more common than people may believe. While insomnia can be the primary problem, it is often associated with other medical conditions or medications.
However, you don’t have to dwell in the misery of no sleep and eyebags because sometimes all it takes to change the situation is simple lifestyle changes or an app or two.
Create A Relaxing Bedtime Ritual
The world has gotten to a point where it's genuinely harder to slow down the pace enough to remind your body that it's time for bed. Everything from constantly staring at the laptop or cellphone screen makes it almost impossible for the body to begin shutting down so it can prepare itself to rest. This is why creating a ritual is super helpful.
Taking a warm bath, reading or listening to soft music with dim or no lights, meditating and even praying could help you slow down. Doing one or a few of these activities routinely will go a long way in helping you sleep soundly.
Watch The Food and Drinks
It goes without saying that caffeine is not your best friend if you struggle to catch the Zzzzs. However, even the most innocent of drinks - water - should be taken in moderation when one is about to sleep. You know… the trips to the toilet ain’t going to help you in the sleep department.
It also matters what you eat and how long before you sleep you decide to eat. So if you need that solid, uninterrupted sleep be mindful of anything that enters your mind.
Get An App For It
Sometimes the problem is the ever-racing mind. No matter how hard you try, the multiple tabs open in the computer called your brain just won’t shut down. Of course, different strokes will apply for different folk on what works best to calm the mind and to stop the overthinking train.
It may be soft music or talking that helps you, but if that has failed, maybe it’s time to try the latest “peaceful white noise” app or even having an app tell you a bedtime story or sing you a lullaby. Ey… don’t diss it till you try it, sis.