The prevailing pandemic situation has largely disrupted our lifestyle, including our sleep patterns. And this can result to serious mental and physical issues if not taken care of at the right time.
Sleep related issues and problems are often be both cause and consequence of an individuals’ day-to-day experience, including work life.
The people connected with high stress jobs are more likely to suffer from sleep disorders. Research has shown that close to 40 per cent of the working population, particularly those with high pressure jobs, do not sleep well. The main factors contributing to poor sleep include their food habits, lack of physical activity (regular exercises), poor sleep hygiene, and hectic work patterns.
If you suffer from sleep disorder then try the following tips:
- Try making a regular sleep schedule – go to bed and get up at the same time every day, start practicing this from today and you will get to see the results within a week.
- Make sure your bed and surroundings are comfortable for a sound sleep.
- Keep your bedroom dark and quiet. Even a mild light source could be a reason for disturbed sleep.
- Use your bedroom for sleeping only. Avoid doing work or watch TV in your bedroom.
- Avoid napping too much during the day time. At the same time, remember to balance activity with periods of rest.
- If you feel nervous or anxious, talk to your spouse, partner, or a trusted friend. Get your troubles off your mind.
- Create a practice of listening to relaxing music.
- Avoid rely on sleeping pills. Use them only if recommended for a brief period by your healthcare provider if other non-medication methods don’t work.
- Avoid drinking water or any liquids just before you go to sleep.
- When you feel disturbed for sleep, get up and do something relaxing until you feel tired.
- Don’t stay in bed worrying about when you’re going to fall asleep.
- Avoid caffeine intake.
- Maintain a regular exercise routine, but don’t exercise within two to three hours before the time you go to bed.
- Consult your physician if this condition continues and get necessary medical attention.