Sleeping well with lockdown anxiety

A lot of people struggle to sleep during lockdown.

The uncertainty, stress and anxiety means that it can take longer to get to sleep, and when you do it's disrupted and restless.

The unfortunate reality is, there is no quick fix to anxiety-induced sleeplessness.

However, there are things you can do maximise your potential for good sleep, and make sure the rest you're getting is the best it can be.

Here are three tips for sleeping well under lockdown.

1. Wind down with a bedtime routine

Go to bed at the same time every night (even on your days off) and do things to wind down before you slip under the doona.

Read a book, take a bath, enjoy a cup of (non-caffeinated) tea; whatever it is that helps you relax.

Turning this into a habit will signal to your body that it's time to feel tired and get ready for sleeping.

2. Don't use phones in the bedroom

This is good advice for your sleep, and mental health.

The blue light from screens can limit the release of your sleep hormone, melatonin, meaning that you take longer to feel tired.

Plus, filling your head with an endless stream of articles and posts before closing your eyes is not a good way to 'de-stress' before sleeping.

3. Go for a walk (or a run) in the morning

Getting some natural light first thing in the morning suppresses your melatonin levels and helps you wake up. Not only that, but it readjusts your body clock to help you feel more tired in the evenings.

Additionally, the innumerable benefits we get from exercising also include lowered stress and anxiety. Sleep will come more easily and your quality of life will increase.

However, if you're really struggling with stress & anxiety, and your lack of sleep is causing a drain on your life, please talk to a professional.

Chat to your GP about what next steps to take, whether that's an appointment with us or with a psychologist.

Sleep well, live well.

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