Tips for getting better sleep
Dr. Lisa Medalie is a sleep expert at the University of Chicago. She advises that it is important for people to get good sleep during the pandemic. On the university’s website, she gives these suggestions.
Structure your daytime schedule.
Commit to daily activities. Exercise, eat and talk to family and friends at regular times. This will build structure to your days.
Get alone time each day.
Medalie suggests at least one hour of alone time each day. This may be hard. But she reminds us that spending time alone and doing something we enjoy is important.
Create a peaceful sleep environment
Make sure your bedroom environment is peaceful. Keep the room cool, dark, and quiet. Limit the amount of clutter and noise in your bedroom.
Create a sleep schedule and limit daytime sleep
Get the same amount of sleep each night. Most adults need seven to eight hours a night. And once you decide on your bedtime, stick to it. Also, daytime sleep should be less than 30 minutes and before 2 p.m.
Limit screen time at night
Turn off your electronic devices one hour before bedtime. Do not bring your devices into your bedroom. This way you will not look at COVID-19 updates during the night.
Try breathing exercises.
Use slow deep breaths to fall asleep or to return to sleep. Breathe in slowly through your nose for three seconds. Then breathe out slowly through your mouth for three seconds.