The last weeks have been stressful for everybody. During times of uncertainty it’s easy to overlook some self-care routines, and that includes good sleep, which is fundamental to maintain a balanced lifestyle.
Sleep plays a key role in a broad array of processes: It enhances our immune system, improves memory and decreases the risk of diabetes and obesity.
Below you will find some tips to improve your sleep routine during these difficult times.
Set a Regular Schedule to Get Good Sleep
As with other areas of our lives that have been upended by the coronavirus outbreak, structure is the answer when it comes to sleeping well. Go to bed every day at the same time and wake up at the same time to make it easier to fall asleep. Naturally, make sure to get seven to eight hours of sleep.
Watch What You Eat
Avoid heavy meals late at night, since it’s difficult to fall asleep while your body is busy digesting. In addition, a large meal may worsen occasional or chronic symptoms such as indigestion or reflux. Also, reduce your intake of alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine. In different ways, these substances have a negative impact on your sleep.
Increase Bright Light Exposure During the Day
Increasing exposure to bright lights during the day improves your sleep by helping you adjust your circadian rhythm. This is the internal clock that responds to light and darkness and tells your body when to sleep and wake up. Take advantage of your window or patio to get some sunlight and improve your sleep patterns.
Reduce Your Exposure to Blue Light
Electronic devices with screens and energy-efficient light bulbs emit light with blue wavelengths. This type of light is beneficial during the day, but has a disruptive effect at night. Blue light has been linked to a decrease in the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates circadian rhythms. Therefore, it’s a good idea to avoid working on electronic devices at least one hour prior to bedtime.
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