9 tips for a relaxed sleep routine
Are you also a little confused in these crazy times? The continued uncertainty in Corona times can be mentally and physically draining. But right now, you need something to relax and put all thoughts on mute for a while: Sleep! And in a rhythm that works for you.
With lockdown, quarantine, self-isolation and home office, the days start to merge together almost seamlessly. Routines that structured everyday life at the beginning of 2020 are almost completely a thing of the past. And even if home office sounded more casual at first, for many it has meant longer workdays and a difficult balancing act between the kids, kitchen and laptop. All of this interferes with our sleep, making winding down in the evening not so easy. But sleep has never been more important than it is right now!
Sleep strengthens your well-being
Wellness used to be more concerned with yoga and meditation. Nowadays, it's all about finding your inner balance. One of the easiest and healthiest methods is sleep. Sleeping is important to give your body enough time to regenerate. And to strengthen your immune system.
While you sleep, important metabolic processes happen in your body. And when you sleep, there is no room for anxiety, pain or worry. Additionally, sleep reduces your stress. That's why it's important for everyone to find their own day and night rhythm. This can be earlier for one person, later for another. However, it is important to sleep through the night. The positive effect: the next day everything looks a little different, usually even a little better.
Sleep routines are the new lullaby
The continued uncertainty demands more energy, but it still happens that night turns into day. Netflix, YouTube or Instagram, it all keeps you awake and suddenly you've missed the time to fall asleep. To get your sleep-wake rhythm in order, it can help to adjust your sleep routine again. By the way, this sends another important signal: you're in control of your life. And a little control can only do you good in all the confusion.
9 tips for a relaxed sleep routine
- Make yourself comfortable. Beautiful bedding, pillows to lean against, a cozy blanket and dim lighting will make your bed a feel-good place. By the way, the more order around you, the more soothing.
- Facetime in the evening with your friends. Again, this helps you not feel alone. Singles who are lonely often sleep worse than bed-sharers. A virtual happy hour with several friends can dissolve the stress of the day into nothing.
- Eat a light meal in the evening instead. It is hard to fall asleep on a full stomach. Sometimes a hot tea or a glass of wine among virtual friends can also be a good idea to end the day.
- Read a book instead of being online. It's relaxing and often makes you sleepy in a very pleasant way.
- Journaling can be a quite wonderful way to sort out your thoughts and desires and reflect on the day. What's more, writing calms you down. At the same time, you have a reminder of special moments in your life.
- Write postcards or letters to your friends. Writing by hand is a great way to stay connected with loved ones and feels so much more personal than texting or emailing.
- Meditation and bedtime stories for adults can work wonders. They open up whole new fantasy worlds in apps like Calm, podcasts, or audiobooks. Zen out!
- Break out the good old alarm clock. Turn off your phone and don't put it by your bed. Then it can't tempt you to constantly check social media. And there's no danger of a message jolting you out of sleep.
- Try to sleep at least 7 hours and stick to a regular sleep rhythm. It's best to choose a bedtime that feels natural to you.