Sunday Self-care

How to sleep like a baby in a pandemic

words by: Natasha Marsh
Aug 23, 2020

A restful night of sleep can help manage our anxieties and fears while living in a COVID-19 world. To stay virus-free, it’s important to keep your immune system and respiratory system in good health. The only way that happens is if you get enough sleep without interruption. Ahead, we’ve listed ways to limit tossing and turning. 

 

Get as much natural light as possible

Exposure to natural light will help your body keep a consistent sleep schedule. If it isn’t safe to go out in your city, position your work station next to a window. 

 

Take a hot shower or bath before you sleep

Hot water will relax the body and initiate and maintain sleep. 

 

Connect to loved ones

Especially if you’re quarantined alone, make sure you connect with a friend, family member or that random childhood friend you scheduled a Zoom call with. Laughter and healthy relationships will help manage stress and achieve a good night of sleep.

 

Move your body

Push-up challenges on Instagram and TikTok videos seemed to be all the rage. We aren’t going to force you into a challenge, but we do recommend moving your body everyday – even if it’s just five minutes. Exercise is a great way to release unwanted energy and stress. And if you do enough of it, it will also naturally tire out the body. 

 

Establish a sleep schedule

Regardless of how late you go to bed or how early you wake up, make sure it is consistent. This will prompt the body to become sleepy every night and restful every morning at the same time. Consistency is always a good thing.

 

Limit your screen time before bed

Let’s be real, social distancing yields to a lot of downtown. It’s fine to be lenient during the day, but before bedtime, it’s important to monitor your screen time. The blue light on smartphones makes you more alert. Experts recommend avoiding electronics for one to two hours minimum before you sleep. If this sounds impossible, start small – with 15 minutes, then increase to where you see results.