I can't get no sleep
Posted on 8th April 2020 at 11:28
To quote the Faithless song, Insomnia, we are hearing about a lot of people who ‘can’t get no sleep’. When we don’t get enough sleep, it can impact our immune system and our mood. A lack of sleep can make us feel worse.
A disrupted sleep pattern is a very common response to grief (if this is the first of our Coronavirus blogs that you’re reading, we’ve identified that we’re all grieving our loss of normal). Whether it’s not enough sleep, or sleeping too much, or both, alternately, this is a perfectly normal and natural response to loss and anxiety.
So, what can you do about it? Here are a few tips:
1. Set a time to go to bed and stick to it. Also, set an alarm for the morning and get up! Oversleeping in the morning will make it harder to sleep at night, then you’re in a vicious circle. Routines are important for our mental wellbeing.
2. Do some exercise during the day.
3. Limit your news intake to once a day at least two hours before bedtime. Just grab the headlines and turn it off!
4. Don’t drink any caffeine after 3 pm.
5. Talk to someone about how you’re feeling or write it down.
6. Turn electronic devices off an hour before bedtime. Blue light is a stimulant, and this is now present in some modern TVs.
7. Try and do something relaxing, e.g. read a book, do some yoga, or meditation (there are some great audio ones available if you find it hard to do this unguided) in the lead-up to sleep.
8. If possible, just use your bedroom for sleep.
9. Listen to soothing sounds.
10. And… sleeeeeeep!
What kinds of thoughts are keeping you awake at night? What are your tried and tested methods for getting some sleep? Let us know in the comments!
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Take a look at our 5-point Plan for how to cope, improve your relationships and start feeling better today:
2. Be present
5. Say goodbye
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