Get back on track with these Easy Steps to Help You Fix Your Sleep Schedule.
If you’re in isolation during this global pandemic and worldwide quarantine then it’s more than likely that your entire sleep schedule is now out of whack.
Due to the unprecedented lockdown and massive changes in life as we know it, we all seem to be slowly losing track of time. Our internal clock is no longer in sync, which is not a good thing when you’re trying to maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
No doubt this lack of a healthy sleep schedule will sooner or later affect other areas of your life. When you don’t sleep as you should, your body can get into a funk that would carry over into other aspects of your health and well-being.
7 Easy Steps to Help You Fix Your Sleep Schedule
Fixing the issues with your sleep schedule can be really hard especially if there’s no task or routine to be done. If you’re off work or school then obviously there’s no need to wake up in the morning as usual and get up and go.
There’s no need to get up. No need to even go to bed if you don’t want to. You can stay up all night playing video games or binge-watching Netflix because there’s no threat of sleeping in and getting into work late.
Even beyond that, you can sleep whenever you like – which for some people, is when their body physically demands it.
But the thing is, your body needs a restful sleep cycle to be able to rejuvenate.
You’re probably reading this because you recognize that you’re not as functional as you would normally be if you were maintaining your regular sleep schedule. You probably have less energy now than you normally do even though you’re more than likely sleeping more cumulative hours a day.
By sleeping more inconsistently it doesn’t matter how many extra hours you sleep. Your body will not be able to get into its normal restful state as it does when you sleep within your regular schedule.
These 7 steps will help you get your sleep schedule back on track.
Don’t force a reset
Don’t try to pull an all nighter. Staying up all night and an entire day in the hopes of resetting your sleep schedule, is not a good way to fix things. It also does not work. Your body and your mind need a regular sleeping pattern to repair and rejuvenate.
Give it time
Don’t expect to fix your sleep schedule in one night. You’ve probably forced yourself to stay up so you can reverse your schedule only to fall asleep at the last minute and mess it all up again. That’s because your body needs time to adjust.
Make little adjustments and take things slowly. Restructuring your sleep pattern will take time.
Create a schedule if you have to. Draw up a daily schedule that includes your bed time and try to stick with it as much as possible. Make a list of what you need to do the next day so you can have a finality to your day. Be consistent with your schedule and tweak your daily habits as needed.
Go for a walk
Walking has a natural way of preparing your body for a good night’s sleep. Take an evening stroll or go for a light jog if you can to help your body feel ready for some rest. Walking is a way to breathe new life into your body which can have a positive effect on your ability to properly fall asleep.
Don’t get yourself all alert and worked up. Avoid unnecessary distractions as much as you can before going to bed. Turn off the TV, internet or whatever it is that would require you to stay awake. Anything that will stimulate your brain should be avoided.
If you must watch or listen to something, pick something restful and meditative.
Before you go to bed, change into something more comfortable and sleep in a comfortable position and location. Make sure the room that you’re sleeping in and the bed you’re sleeping on is nice and cozy.
This seems rather obvious (as with everything else on this list to be fair) but you’ll be amazed at the number of people who miss out this vital step.
Find what helps you fall asleep. Whether that be a sleep meditation video on YouTube or an app on your phone. Find something that works for you and use it to your advantage. Try not to do it all by yourself until you’ve gotten into your normal schedule again.
It’s important to get into the habit of looking after yourself no matter what situation you find yourself in.
If your inability to sleep is affecting other areas of your life then you might want to contact your primary healthcare provider for help.