Do You Have COVID-somnia?
Covid-somnia or Coronasomnia is a new term coined by sleep experts. It's not the insomnia that we know. Our lifestyles have shifted, nearly eliminating routine schedules. This change can throw off our circadian rhythms causing an insane sleep-wake cycle to manifest.
It's similar to chronic insomnia, when one suffers from troubling sleep for a few months for at least three nights a week. Covid-somnia is a cocktail of elements from typical insomnia mixed with intensified pre-existing issues and higher levels of anxiousness about the future of the nation and world stemming from Covid.
It's not the end of the world as we know it. But, naturally, so many of us are worried over the state of it.
The worry can be anything from personal affairs such as finances, loved ones, giving kids more screen time (to not be interrupted while on back-to-back Zoom calls), and not having one block of time to reset and refresh.
There are a few lucky ones who feel the opposite as they've discovered newfound flexibility and relaxation.
Ultimately, humans thrive on structure and interaction. Nowadays, when we do have time, it's late. We might choose to binge-watch a TV series or scroll the internet to wind down.
There are a few signs of insomnia, such as waking in the middle of the night, difficulty falling asleep, waking too early, migraines, and moodiness.
What are some common causes of insomnia?
- Caffeine, Drugs, Alcohol, Cigarettes
- Screen Time
- Anxiety, Mental Disorders
- Medical Conditions, Chronic Pain
A good, balanced mood isn't the only sacrifice. Our immune systems weaken when, more than ever, we need our immunity to be mighty. People have said that they've been experiencing strange dreams since February 2020. Those can also contribute to Covid-somnia.Sales of sleep aids, such as melatonin have risen up to 50% since the pandemic began. To help minimize any sleep aid use while decreasing insomnia, let's get into possible alternatives.
Budget your time. Map out a realistic schedule, giving yourself some mobility. Stop overindulging in Netflix, naps, and news. Pencil in worry time, but keep it short. After, tell yourself at least one good thing. Treat every day as if it'll be the last day of this madness.
So simple. So effective. In the morning, it can be invigorating. In the evening, it's relaxing and quite effective in promoting sleep.
- Foot Massage
A foot roller massages your feet and can relax the entire body. Several options are available online for $10-$20. You can also use a golf or tennis ball.
- Fresh Air
There are safe ways to get fresh air. Staying all day indoors without sunlight and fresh air does not promote quality sleep.
- Change Clothes and Location
Get out of your pajamas and bed. I know it's convenient and comfortable, but starting with the simple things can spark a movement in your mindset.
- Stand Up
When we're stressed, we don't sleep well. In turn, we don't handle stress well. We want to come out of this chapter wiser and excited to move on. We can't make the stress go away, but we can control how we budget our time. Even a little bit of self-care can go a long way. So, make sure to care yourself. May the force be with you!