The restrictions of a stay-at-home order as created a variety of issues for Washingtonians. Our focus has been to remain healthy and sleep is a huge part of the equation.
• Wake-Up Time: Set your alarm, bypass the snooze button, and have a fixed time to get every day started.
• Wind-Down Time: This is an important time to relax and get ready for bed. It can involve things like light reading, stretching, and meditating along with preparations for bed like putting on pajamas and brushing your teeth. Given the stress of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s wise to give yourself extra wind-down time each night.
• Bedtime: Pick a consistent time to actually turn out the lights and try to fall asleep.
• Showering and getting dressed even if you aren’t leaving the house.
• Eating meals at the same time each day. Watch caffeine and alcohol intake.
• Blocking off specific time periods for work and exercise.
• Change your bedding every week. Fluff your pillows or replace them.
• Avoid long naps late in the day.
• Find ways to relax can really help your sleep. Deep breathing, stretching, yoga, mindfulness meditation, calming music, and quiet reading are just a few examples of relaxation techniques that you can build into your routines. **