I have now, officially, lost track of the number of days that we have been quarantined from COVID19. I know it’s been a little over 2 months, maybe. I know that from the time I wrote Quarantined Extrovert Part I and Part II, that my feelings are way more up and down, my routines a lot different, some of my own advice untaken on some days.
The days do, in fact, blur together often. Even with teaching and planning lessons, I am often more confused -or rather indifferent- to nuances between a Monday and a Thursday, Tuesday or a Friday. I think a lot of this is due to insomnia. Quarantine induced insomnia.
Believe me when I say, I was a sleepy. I want a certain amount of sleep, I got to bed what some my age would say early and wake up and go about my routine, on a regular, non-pandemic day. Many of you are the same way. You want an adequate amount of sleep through the night to fuel your planned and productive day, whatever you have in store. Of course!
But since COVID19 started revving up in the US. My brain has been on over drive. Even with taking breaks during the work day, and FaceTime calls, workouts and the like, my brain just will not stop. I am sure you may feel the same way. Thinking about work, kids or students, family members, our health, the health of others, seeking the end, wanting unobtainable answers to a future unknown. We all talk about it, write about it, read about. And with this crazy overdrive and a limited ability to separate it, we think.
And think some more.
Until its midnight.2am. 3:17am.
The day to day stressors may not stop us physically. But it is affecting our minds way more than we know. Sleep schedules are drastically changing. We are staying later. And ladies, I don’t know about you, but this is also causing me to bloat. Bloating causes a sense of self-loathing and more thought. And the cycle continues. Before you know it, you feel sleep deprived, crankier and more bloated! This is not how we need to want to feel during quarantine. If we can fix our sleep, we can cure the bloating and ease some of the cranky feeling we may have. So here are 3 ways to fix that!
- Limit the Alcohol
I don’t know about you, but my alcohol consumption skyrocketed a couple weeks ago. I think it is safe to say that, it has for most people these days. Wine gets delivered and drank throughout the day since, well, why not. People are cheering and having 6-hour brunches on zoom. It nice and give us something to do and a sense of normalcy when it comes to going out or having fun.
But, alcohol actually hinders your ability to sleep. You go to sleep when you are drunk or tipsy because alcohol limits your motor functioning. But because it flushes out of your system so quickly and processes pretty quickly, it alarms your body to remove the waste (if you’ve woken up desperately needing the toilet or needing to throw up, or wanted BREADDDDD, you know what I am talking about). Cutting out large amounts of alcohol can help with your sleeping!
- Change of scenery!
I know that I have been in or on my bed far more than I was before quarantine. There are days when all my work gets done from this one spot. Even when I take my breaks and leave the house, I still spend more time in my room. Therefore, the space that used to be the wind down, clear, comforting space, now holds my stress, some of my work life, my worry. Instead of my body relaxing, it now associated my room with brain power and a “must do” mindset.
So, something that can fix that, is setting a space as far from your room or your bed as possible to do either, do your work, and go to when you are feeling stressed and overloaded. It’s always nice to have a safe space to feel these things anyways, but having it away from your bed, your comfortable and peaceful spot, will help with sleep!
- Hydrate throughout the day and stretch!
We have tension, ya’ll. Especially if you are struggling with this quarantine. Neck, Shoulders, back. I know it, you know it. Likewise, my water intake fluctuates so much, some days it’s great, some days I don’t remember if I drank any. But on the days when I hydrate well, I sleep a bit better and my body feels better. I feel less dry and sluggish. I feel looser.Speaking of looseness, you should also try stretching throughout the day, if not before bed to ease some of the tension you may have built up throughout the day.
None of this is easy, but we have to keep putting in the work to take care of ourselves. We got this! If you have any other helpful sleeping remedies, feel free to add them in the comments.
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