COVID is totally messing up with our sleep – Binge watching, stress or anxiety?

A good night’s sleep is most important for a healthy brain and body. Staying at home has jeopardized our sleep pattern. The stress of living under lockdown is creating havoc making people struggle to get their head down for the night.

A good night’s sleep is most important for a healthy brain and body. Staying at home has jeopardized our sleep pattern. The stress of living under lockdown is creating havoc making people struggle to get their head down for the night.

With our daily routines disturbed and most of us busy binging online streaming platform till the wee hours of the morning and then getting up to work from home, sleep has kind of eluded us. As lockdown doesn’t seem to end anytime soon, getting a healthy amount of sleep is more important than ever, probably isn’t as easy as it used to be.

Importance of sleep

We need good-quality sleep to function properly. Losing one night of good sleep might make us feel grumpy, but is unlikely to do us any harm. Prolonged lack of quality sleep, however, can disrupt the immune system and have a significant impact on mood. During sleep, the body rests and restores its energy levels, brain and bodily functions. With a good night’s sleep, the body will support the release and production of cytokine, a multifaceted protein that would help the immune system quickly respond to antigens.

Lack of sleep will cause multiple problems like indigestion, obesity and depression. Long term effects would include decreased immunity, diabetes, hypertension and memory impairment. Hence, it is very important to have proper and sound sleep.

Park your stress

Stress is both short answer and long answer. Sleep-disturbance is a well-documented manifestation of stress. While we’re safe in lockdown in our homes, we are in a high-alert state, keeping our brains continuously prepping our bodies to fight against the disaster even is doesn’t fall into our direct path. 

We all have concerns, be it for our families and friends, our own health, work. It’s hard to be locked up in your own house without being reminded we’re in middle of serious times. But It’s OK to be worried. Tell yourself you`ve done all you can for that day and there`s nothing more to do. Then pick it up again the next day, after a good night`s sleep.

Good night’s sleep

It is important to fix the time you go to bed, stop watching mobile or TV at least 30 minutes before you close your eyes, a balance diet and regular exercise. Limit the intake of caffeine for a sound sleep. Try to maintain a balance routine- the most important factor in getting good sleep. It is the guardian of good sleep. 

Just as real is our natural ability to adapt, strive and rebound. How we feel now is not a prophecy for how we will feel forever. Even at the cost of shaking the nap habit.


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