Covid 19 and mental health: how to sleep better
Fairly early in the first wave of covid, as we sat locked in our homes, our schedules disrupted like never before, a collective problem arose: We couldn’t sleep. Insomnia has been a developing social problem for years, known to lead to other mental health issues and often linked to the screens we fortify ourselves with. But it was “coronasomnia“: An inability to fall asleep or get good quality sleep during the pandemic.
Coronasomnia, as your shifted circadian rhythm will confirm, has arisen from a combination of factors: your schedule has changed, or maybe you are out of schedule, and your body has not been able to cope. reconcile with this new reality. Your physical activity – just the basic act of getting ready, going out, getting to work, and coming back – is a fraction of what it used to be. You spend even more time staring at screens, even though you know very well what that blue light can do to your brain.
With the second wave it may have intensified: losing a job, working far too many hours than your body expected, dealing with home and office, death and illness are enough to keep you running. and roll over in your bed. However, it is time to solve this problem to sleep well and give our body the peace it deserves.
The tips for better sleep are the same as ever. “Do you remember those old computers that took a long time to shut down?” Well, sleeping is a bit like that, ”says Zohra Master, REBT psychotherapist, associate researcher and supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute, New and co-founder of InnerPlanet. “The more tabs the system has to close, the longer it takes to shut down.”