The Importance of Sleep

Sleeping while the world comes unglued is tough, especially with everyone on lockdown. With the work/school disruption, our hours are askew and there’s plenty to keep us tossing and turning. But sleep is very important to your overall health.

Sleep helps your body fight infection. It’s been scientifically proven that people who don’t get enough sleep get sick more often, and with the COVID-19 virus, you need all the help you can get.

Optimum Sleep Environment

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You’d think it was obvious, but most of us give little thought to our sleep environment. Make your room as dark as possible, close the curtains to keep street light out, and turn off anything that makes a distracting noise. I actually sleep better with a fan running, so that doesn’t count as distracting to me. Finally, consider adjusting the temperature. Believe it or not, the ideal temperature should be between 60 and 67 degrees.

Calm Yourself

Start thinking about sleep about an hour before you actually go to bed. Forget about watching the news, or the latest, violent movie. Don’t talk about politics with your brother-in-law. Do whatever you can to relax – pray, do yoga, listen to music. Don’t head to bed wired and stressed. Be deliberate.

Be Consistent

Your body will respond to routine. Stop eating and drinking at the same time, and make your bedtime the same every night. Keep as much as possible the same.

You don’t need hours and hours of sleep, but try to get at least seven. It’s a tough ask, to sleep well during these trying times, but it’s important so try.

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