It’s now been over a year since COVID-19 took over the world, and unfortunately, we're still living through a pandemic. During this time, many people have been forced to adapt to this new normal, with consequences on their mental and physical health.
But for our sleep? Well, enter Coronasomnia.
Has Lockdown Caused Restless Nights?
'Coronasomnia' is a new term coined for those who have suffered from insomnia brought on by Coronavirus stress. Affecting everyone, from elderly to teenagers, and even young children.
And for those already suffering from insomnia before the pandemic? Well, there's a chance their sleep problems will have become much worse.
What is the cause of Coronasomnia?
There are many causes of insomnia including stress, poor mental health, and poor sleep habits to name a few. So when paired with a worldwide pandemic, it's understandable that restless nights and poor sleeping habits will have become worse.
Coronasomnia can be caused by a whole host of things, such as a change in our exercise routine or a change in our diet. With gyms closed and cold icy weather lasting most of lockdown 3.0, frequent takeaways and Netflix binges have seemed much more appealing than a jog around the park followed by a green smoothie.
Our stomachs might have thanked us for our new life choices, but our sleeping pattern definitely hasn’t!
Does WFH cause sleepless nights?
Working from home is another factor that can play a part in your trouble getting to sleep.
For many of us, it's been a bit of a struggle adapting to working in our homes. While there are many benefits to WFH (no commuting, yay!), the current lack of change can lead to a hard time sleeping.
Remember: We know that the days can feel repetitive right now, but it's important to remember that the end is in sight, and it's closer than you think. You can do this!
A 5-Step Guide to Help With Restless Nights
If you're currently working from home and struggle with falling asleep, we might be able to help.
Below we've listed a 5-step guide to help you with your restless nights:
1. Change out of your loungewear
We know how easy it is to work from your PJs when you're at home...no-one can tell, right?
But the thing is, working in your loungewear might be comfortable, but it's not doing you any favours! It turns out that not getting dressed for work can actually lower your productivity. This is because when you get dressed for work in the morning, you're establishing a routine and getting yourself into a good mindset for the day.
Now we're not saying you have to go as far as wearing jeans. But even just popping some moisturiser on and brushing your hair will make you feel that extra bit ready for the day.
2. Spend time away from your desk at lunchtime
When it's time for lunch (finally) make sure you walk away from your workspace and enjoy your lunch gadget-free. Taking the time to make yourself a nice healthy lunch, will also make you feel lighter and less groggy, making you more productive. Also as everyone knows, a healthy diet makes for better sleep.
3. Sign off at 5pm sharp
Working from home can blur the line between our work and personal time, which is why it's important to clock out on time. You're typing away and commuting feels like a thing of the past, so what's another 5 minutes in the home office?
If you carry on working once your shift has ended, the line between your personal and work time becomes blurred. You'll end up feeling stressed that you don't have much time to relax, and then this stress will cause a sleepless night. It's not ideal.
Finishing work at your usual time will also help establish the routine you're trying to keep up with too.
4. Exercise in your commute time
No explanation needed! Break up your day with a short walk before you start or finish work. It doesn’t have to be longer than your previous commute time, as long as you’re at a fast enough pace to get your heart racing.
Not only will this help alleviate any stress, but it'll also do wonders for your restless nights too!
5. Go to bed at a reasonable hour
One of the benefits of working from home is that you can roll out of bed and on to zoom in a matter of minutes. However, for many of us, this has led to a slippery slope of ever-increasing bedtimes. And I don’t know about you, but we’ve seen 2 am more times than we’d care to admit!
Now we're not saying that you have to turn in at 9 pm, but trying to get your full eight hours should always be a top priority. And you’ll be much less grouchy during your morning calls!
If you really struggle to nod off early, why not try to gradually bring forward the time you’re falling asleep? We recommend going to bed half an hour earlier per week and eventually you’ll be back to your pre-lockdown sleep routine.
You'll get there eventually, and we bet your sleep will improve too!
And another thing: Having a phone-free hour before you turn in can prevent more sleepless nights! For more info check out our blog on late-night scrolling here.
Are You Working From Home?
Have you been working from home during the pandemic? Have you been struggling with coronasomnia? Or both? If you're having trouble sleeping, it could be time for you to upgrade your bedroom! Take a look at our range of mattresses, beds, and more to help you get rid of those restless nights for good.
We recommend getting all the rest we can now, as I imagine we’re all going to be very busy on June 21st when lockdown has ended for good...hopefully!