Don’t worry, you are not alone. The majority of us have some sleep-related issue which has only gotten worse during the pandemic. Given how bad it’s gotten, in this post I want to try to help and provide some suggestions for how to get to sleep.
Of course, there could be several reasons you are having trouble sleeping and this could be linked to a physiological issue. However, often our sleep issues are tied to our mental health. It is no surprise then that the number of people saying that they are having sleep problems or who have been googling how to get to sleep fast has shot up in the past year. Coronavirus has made many of us feel more anxious, stressed, worried, overwhelmed, helpless and angry to name just a few emotions! It is a major life event that has impacted us all in one way or another and so has made us more restless.
The important thing is to identify this and to find ways to help you to get to sleep. So I will outline my suggestions for how to get to sleep given all that is going on, specifically with the aim of trying to put your worries and stresses to one side before bed.
1. Talk to a therapist:
it is not good to bottle things up, setting up a regular time to talk to someone disconnected to you is extremely important for getting things out in the open so that you can better move forward and work through what’s on your mind.
2. Write down your worries before bed:
if you have a lot racing through your head, try writing it down or if it’s work related write a list for the next day.
3. Dim down:
melatonin production (our natural hormone that indicates to us it’s time for sleep) is negatively impacted by light, try to avoid screens up to an hour before bed and turn off overhead lights in favour of lamps.
4. Put the phone down, stop swiping and liking:
looking at work or traipsing through social media will only keep your mind activated and switched on either worrying about what needs to be done for tomorrow or thinking about something you saw on Instagram. You need to try to reduce your levels of dopamine that cause you to be more alert so avoid activities that stimulate your brain.
5. Do something relaxing and not digital:
have a bath, meditate or read a book to create a calming environment free from stimulants!
6. Have a herbal calming tea:
try to avoid alcohol and caffeine before bed as it will keep you stimulate and restless, opt for a calming herbal tea such as chamomile
7. Try a natural sleep supplement:
many of us need an extra boost so try a supplement for sleep such as Paso’s Sleep capsules. This blend of natural ingredients are designed to enhance your natural sleep processes.
Good light and hopefully sleep tight!