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Insomnia and COVID-19

Insomnia and COVID-19

Mental health and good sleep go hand in hand. Many psychiatric disorders can disrupt sleep patterns – anxiety, OCD, depression, PTSD, and ADHD to name a few. People are also reporting increased difficulty sleeping during the COVID-19 pandemic. With regular schedules disrupted by COVID-19, some people who have never previously had issues falling asleep now find themselves with sleep disturbance.

Sometimes poor sleep may require over the counter or prescription medication. But oftentimes better sleep can be achieved by maintaining better sleep habits, also called sleep hygiene.

Call 866-DOC-LEON to speak with a specialist at the Center for Emotional Fitness and get started on your path towards addressing insomnia or another condition.

The CDC published a list of steps for everyone who is searching for better sleep in their lives. These tips include:

  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule. Get up at the same time every day, even on weekends or during vacations.
  • Set a bedtime that is early enough for you to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
  • Don’t go to bed unless you are sleepy. 
  • If you don’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed. 
  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine. 
  • Use your bed only for sleep and sex. 
  • Make your bedroom quiet and relaxing. Keep the room at a comfortable, cool temperature. 
  • Limit exposure to bright light in the evenings.
  • Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Don’t eat a large meal before bedtime. If you are hungry at night, eat a light, healthy snack. 
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet. 
  • Avoid consuming caffeine in the late afternoon or evening. 
  • Avoid consuming alcohol before bedtime. 
  • Reduce your fluid intake before bedtime.

If you are interested in other ways to help relax before bed, you can listen to Dr. Rosenberg’s Autogenic Training session, or check out American Sleep Association resources.

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