Quality sleep and mental resilience during COVID-19 – 5 lifestyle tips for better sleep

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Key highlights

  • Sleep is important to regulate essential functions of the human body
  • Sleep deprivation can lead to the development of health conditions, which can be both physical and psychological
  • Here’s what you need to know about the relationship between sleep and mental health

New Delhi: The importance of sleep for the efficient functioning of the human body is not unknown to humans. Several studies over the years have highlighted the importance of sleep and its role in regulating healthy human physical and mental health. Inability or lack of sleep has been linked to the risk of developing health conditions, which can be both physical and psychological, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, depression, schizophrenia, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

COVID-19, Sleep and Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the lifestyles of people around the world. The abrupt changes required adjustment, leading to disrupted sleep schedules, mental health, and people’s productivity. According to a peer-reviewed study recently published in medRxiv entitled “Prior Sleep-Wake Behavior Predicts Mental Resilience of Adults in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic” was a better insight into the effects of COVID-19 on mental health health provided. This paper highlights the better mental resilience of people who were able to get the required 6 to 8 hours of sleep. Those who did not have been identified as those who are more

Lifestyle and sleep

Here are some tips you can follow to make lifestyle changes and follow a healthy sleep schedule:

  1. Avoid consuming caffeine in any form in the late evening or before bed. It can cause the brain to become alert and cause sleep problems.
  2. Avoid blue screens before bed. Install a night light application on your devices to prevent this from happening.
  3. Indulge in yoga, meditation, and other sports that can help keep your mind and body calm and relaxed.
  4. Nobody likes to sleep with an upset stomach. Eat a nutritious diet as this can help maintain a healthy gut microbiome, which can directly contribute to an undisturbed, quality sleep.
  5. Regulate your personal and work life so that at least 6-8 hours of sleep fit into your schedule. This amount is the recommended amount of hours of healthy sleep.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in this article are for general information only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or nutritionist before starting any fitness program or changing your diet.

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