February 10, 2021 3 min read
Do you want to sleep better in 2021? We're pretty sure there are thousands of people shouting 'yes!' at the computer as they read that sentence. Indeed, 2020 has been a pretty turbulent year and that has wreaked havoc on people's sleep. This year, more and more of us have suffered from sleep related disorders. If you find yourself strolling round the house in the small hours or not being able to get out of bed in the morning, then you're not on your own. Whilst this may not be of much comfort, rest assured it's perfectly normal for a pandemic to affect your sleep.
With social isolation growing, fears around employment and of course fears surrounding infection, it's not surprising that our sleep has gone haywire. Whilst we can't change outside influences we can change our reaction to them. Therefore, with the right tools we can all sleep better. Here at Beds On Legs we've got a just few tips that might help get you off the insomnia, not so merry-go-round.
Anxiety is rooted in fears about the future. It's the endless list of 'what ifs' that can send our brain to go into overdrive. Whilst sometimes it feels like you can't stop worrying about the future, the fact remains that nobody truly knows what the future holds. Therefore, to reduce anxiety which in turn will help you sleep better, you need to try to take one day at a time. One way of achieving this is practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness requires you to stay in the moment. Initially, it can be difficult to master, but as with anything practice is key. Furthermore, don't beat yourself up if you're not emanating Zen like vibes after a week. This is a skill that takes time. You can read more about it here
A New Year always brings with it well intended resolutions. Millions of us will be subscribing to gyms in the new year and setting out our fitness goals. Without a doubt, exercise can be useful tool to help us sleep better. However, in order to fulfill fitness goals, the key is to do something that you enjoy and therefore will stick with. Just because your friend or colleague loves to hit the gym or pound the pavements doesn't mean it's right for you. Plus putting unnecessary demands on yourself can also lead to failure. For example if you miss a gym session because you don't feel well, doesn't mean you should give up completely. Allow yourself a bit of slack and remember that consistency over time is key.
We've said it before and we'll keep drumming the same line. If you want to sleep better then you absolutely have to reduce your screen time. Scrolling through Instagram or news stories on a night is a sure fire way to light that insomnia fire! Besides from the fact that screens emit blue light that affect sleep patterns, you should be trying to calm your mind at night. If you like to read, then fiction books are a great way of relaxing. Or you could try other methods such as meditating, warm baths and soothing music. Whatever you chose to do, just do it without a screen!