Insomnia During COVID 19- Here’s What You Need To Know
The effects of quarantine are not the same for everyone. Some people have experienced difficulties falling asleep, strange dreams, or may fall asleep but wake up with the feeling that they did not rest properly.But … Why are so many people around the world experiencing sleep problems during quarantine? These are some of the things you need to know to understand this phenomenon.
Changes in your daily routine
We all have different lifestyles and we were used to having a certain physical and mental activity on our daily basis. Being in confinement at home significantly reduces the energy consumption our bodies were used to. Less activity means more energy in our bodies, and less need to rest.
Related to the previous point, people are spending less energy and feeling less tired by the time they used to go to sleep, causing that their bodies can’t get used to a regular and healthy sleep schedule because they go to sleep a little bit later everyday
People are having constant negative thoughts
No one was prepared for the COVID19 pandemic. The unexpected situation has brought with it different emotions such as stress, fear, irritation or a constant feeling of being in danger. These feelings make some people unable to sleep, or they go to bed with negative thoughts in mind, so it is no surprise that these negative feelings also cause nightmares and a feeling of not having a good quality sleep.
We replace the sunlight with the light of our screens
Sunlight helps our brain know how many hours have passed, when to be awake, and when to go to sleep. Some people mistakenly think that using their cell phones for a while may help them fall asleep, but the intense light of the cell phone screen sends the wrong signals to the brain. If you are exposed to light emitted by screens, your brain will think that it is daytime and that it has to stay active.
It is still too early to do scientific research on the relation between sleep problems and quarantine, but strong evidence about this phenomenon is that Google searches related to insomnia during this quarantine have increased significantly since the beginning of the quarantine.
Here are some general tips that might help you have a good quality sleep during quarantine:
- Stay active. Don’t spend a lot of time sitting down, take a few breaks to stand up, stretch and move.
- Set alarms and respect your sleeping schedules.
- Avoid naps during the day, or laying down in your bed if you don’t feel tired
- Don’t expose yourself to screens before going to sleep (cellphone, computer, television, etc.)
- Limit your consumption of cigarettes, coffee and alcohol.
- Avoid heavy meals during the afternoon and at dinner.
- Create a comfortable space in your room that helps you relax. You can try with comfortable sheets, a pleasant temperature and aromas that you like.
There are also other effective and natural solutions for people suffering from insomnia or sleep problems, such as CBD-infused treatments.
Why are medications infused with CBD effective at treating sleep problems?
CBD is one of the main cannabinoids present in the marijuana plant. This cannabinoid is not a psychoactive, it does not generate the “high” effect that people associate with marijuana, all it does is help the body relax. It is also very effective for treating chronic pain, patients with epilepsy and insomnia.
If you are looking for a natural solution to enjoy restful dreams during this quarantine, schedule an appointment today and we will connect you with the right qualified physicians covered by Alberta Health, and Health Canada Approved Licensed Producers. They will provide you with personalized advice on the CBD treatment suitable for you.