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Sleeping well during COVID-19 | Mental health | Birmingham City Council

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Sleeping well during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes into our routines and it’s understandable that you might be struggling to get a good night’s sleep.  As we adjust to the stay at home guidance and try to stay healthy, focusing on sleeping well can offer a range of good health and well-being benefits.

Make sleep a priority as healthy sleep will help with productivity, maintain concentration, and keep our energy levels going throughout the day. Here are a few tips for you to try to help improve your sleep:

Get a good routine in place 

Going to sleep at the same time and avoid lying in will help to set your body clock.

Make the room as restful as possible

Try tidying up any clutter, lighting some candles and blocking out outside light.

Try something that will help you switch off before bed

Reading a book, listening to soft music or taking a relaxing bath may help.

Avoid caffeine and sugar before bed

Choosing a warm milky drink or herbal teas could help.

Sleep in a dark room

It might help to draw the curtains or wear an eye mask.

Try not to check your phone or clock-watch

It will also help to limit screen time an hour before bed.

Both NHS UK and NHS Live Well have some great tips on how to sleep well and manage tiredness during the outbreak. Age UK also offers some good advice on getting a good night’s sleep.