It is expected that a huge number of people will have experienced trouble sleeping since the current global pandemic escalated in March 2020. There are a number of reasons for this; firstly, we have been spending more time than usual indoors, meaning our melatonin levels are different to what we are used to. Our journey to school or work during daylight hours gives us an opportunity to absorb melatonin early in the day, which sets our circadian rhythm on the right path for a day of alertness and enough time for our body to feel tired in time for bed. With our mornings spent indoors and the vast majority of our time, during the day, spent in front of screens our body does not get what it needs to fuel an energetic day and prepare for a restful night. This, in turn, leads to problems falling asleep.
Another issue that may be interfering with our sleep quantity and quality is general worry about world events and the impact they are having on our day-to-day lives. Unfortunately there are some things we simply cannot change and some things we cannot get by without knowing, however, there are ways to reduce the worry we feel about the world around us. We can begin by limiting the number of times we consume the news during the day. We may not even realise just how many times a day or week we are absorbing doom and gloom because we have the television or radio on, we have phones can give us news updates whenever we look at them. After we have taken the news on board first hand, we then discuss it or mull over it and all of this can leave us feeling fatigued and wired for worry. Limiting the news to just twice a day can really
help dial down our subconscious worry, this is true for adults and children alike and will hopefully allow sleep to be readily available and undisturbed through the night.
These are just some simple ideas to aide sleep but if you are looking for more
information about this topic please visit the sleep section of the Practical Ways to Wellbeing section of the Hub or take a look at the Sleep e-book, which you can access here.