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The novel coronavirus – aka COVID-19 – has disrupted many aspects of daily life, so it’s no surprise the virus can also impact your sleep.
These disruptions have manifested in different ways. Stress and anxiety related to the pandemic and its complications can lead to sleep loss and feelings of daytime fatigue. Some frontline workers and essential employees also face the added challenge of working longer shifts that force them to alter their sleep schedules. Additionally, mandatory lockdowns have left many struggling with depression and isolation, increasing their risk for sleep disorders like insomnia.
The importance of healthy sleep during this pandemic cannot be overstated. A good night’s rest is essential for a strong immune system and healthy brain functioning. Sleep also plays a pivotal role in how we manage our moods and mental health.
To ensure you’re getting the right amount of sleep, we recommend following a consistent routine that includes going to bed and waking up at the same times each day. Spending a lot of time in front of a television or phone may be tempting while you’re required to stay at home, but these devices emit a blue light that can negatively impact sleep cycles. Other healthy sleep strategies include exercising on a daily basis, spending time outdoors during the day for natural light exposure, and limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake in the hours leading up to bedtime.
If you experience worsening sleep problems, you should contact your doctor. Many medical professionals are available virtually for patients who would rather not visit offices in person.