Why Sleep is the Most Important Variable to Control During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Steve Kline

As we shelter in place during this pandemic, it’s normal to feel some anxieties. You may be fearful of your health and an uncertain future. However, you can’t be too anxious that you’re losing sleep. If anything, you should still be striving to get adequate sleep. This is not just good for your well-being but your immune system as well.

When you have a strong immune system, you’re able to reduce your chances of getting infected. And in case you do get the virus, your body is well-equipped to fight it. People who don’t get enough sleep have weakened immune systems making them more vulnerable to illnesses.

So it’s really important to get enough sleep every night. But before we tackle how you can do that, let’s first take a look at the ways that you can reduce your stress and anxieties. When you’re able to handle this, it’ll be easier to get that much-needed shut-eye every night:

  • Stop looking at the news. It can be tempting to check the news for updates on the virus. But this is not good for your well-being because it only makes you worry more. And, you may come across more depressing news that’ll add to your stress. Try to limit your news consumption to only a few minutes each day.
  • Exercise. You may not be able to go to the gym or go out for a run but you can still perform physical activities at home. Get your body moving so you’re able to get those much needed feel-good hormones. Exercise also gets you tired enough to be able to fall asleep easily at night.
  • Fill time with hobbies. Pick up the hobbies you’ve left off when you were busy. This time, actually dedicate yourself to it. You might just be able to come up with a finished product that you can be proud of.
  • Bond with family. It’s normal to feel cabin fever during this time. However, there’s never been a perfect opportunity to spend time with your loved ones. Have a routine of spending time together even if it’s just sharing a meal every dinner time, playing board games every weekend, or running errands.
  • Talk to a friend. We may be away from our friends at the moment but thankfully, we have technology to help us stay connected. Find a close friend you can confide to and talk to them about your fears and worries. You’ll quickly learn that you are not alone in feeling that way.

After you’re able to ease yourself from anxiety, it’s time to tackle sleep. Here are some tips for getting to help you get enough sleep every night.

  1. Invest in good bedding

A good mattress can have a huge impact on your sleep quality. Check to see make sure you have a good one that is just the right amount of soft and firm.

  1. Use sleep accessories

You want to find products that can help ease anxiety. There’s plenty of options in the market from sound machines to weighted eye masks. Pick a few that will solve some of your sleep problems.

  1. Have a night routine

A night routine consists of activities that you associate with bedtime. By practicing this consistently, it’s easier for your brain to prime itself for sleep. Asleep routine can include drinking chamomile tea, taking a warm bath, reading a book, or writing in your journal.

  1. Stop scrolling

Your bedroom should be a no-phone zone during night time. You don’t want this space to be associated with highly stimulating things that you see in the news or social media. Also, you want to avoid blue light from your phone which can stimulate wakefulness.

How has your sleep been throughout this pandemic? What strategies have you employed to improve it? 

About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired three decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement (Your Simple Path to FIRE) and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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