CNN reports on tips and tricks that people can use to battle insomnia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With all the stress and unknowns regarding the covid-19 pandemic, a lot of people are understandably glued to their phones right now, constantly checking news outlets and talking to family members,” says certified sleep science coach Matthew Ross, co-founder and COO of The Slumber Yard. “However, constant contact with your phone can hinder both productivity during the day and your sleep quality at night.”
Beyond the negative aspects related to blue light, having your phone next to you can make you feel anxious, he adds. “When your phone is within arm’s reach, you’ll be tempted to check news outlets and think about the current crisis, which will obviously cause stress.
Ross recommends doing some light stretching exercises about 15 to 30 minutes before lying down. “It’s often difficult to fall asleep when your muscles are tense and tight, which can happen during times of extreme stress like covid-19 pandemic,” he says. “If you go to bed tight, you’ll likely end up tossing and turning frequently in order to find a comfortable position. Stretching will help loosen up your muscles and get your body in a relaxed state for sleep.”