How do I help myself sleep during the coronavirus pandemic?
It is understandable that your sleep can be affected at this time of great uncertainty. There are lots of things that you can do to try to improve your sleep. For example, although your routine may have changed recently, you might want to try to have a consistent sleep-wake routine. It can be useful to get exercise and exposure to light during the day, too, if that is possible. Try to avoid caffeine – especially as the day progresses. And, avoid electronics before bed or while in bed, especially taking a break from the news and social media.
There are also freely available resources online – such as online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia and other apps that promote sleep health, which might be helpful too. See here for a Consumer Reports article on sleep apps. Get some help from a healthcare provider if you are really struggling during this time. There are different arrangements around the world – and in many countries there are telephone numbers that you can call in times of need.
This post was written in the Spring of 2020. Please follow your local guidelines and advice from family health care providers for appropriate, current coronavirus safety measures.