How the Pandemic May Have Affected Your Sleep

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It’s been almost a year and a half since the Covid-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. In that time, you may have noticed that your sleeping habits may be a lot different these days than they were 18 months ago which is the case for many people, whether they realize this or not.   

If you find that your sleep habits have changed under the different circumstances, that is fine, as long as you are being smart about it. Here are just a few of the top ways people have changed their sleeping habits to align with the pandemic circumstances. 

Different Bedtimes

You may have found yourself going to bed later than you normally would, and possibly even sleeping in more often. If you are no longer commuting to work and finding yourself at home more often then, this is fine. There is nothing wrong with adjusting your sleep schedule under a change in circumstances, but make sure you are still relatively consistent with the time you go to bed and wake up.

Using Sleep Supplements

More and more people are relying on over-the-counter sleep supplements, like melatonin, to help them fall asleep. While taking melatonin once in a while is generally okay, it is best not to make this a long-term daily occurrence. It is important to speak to your doctor and get help if you are struggling with falling and staying asleep.

Dreams and Nightmares

The stress and uncertainty of the pandemic have been causing people to have more vivid dreams and nightmares than they might have had before. Of course, bad dreams happen to everyone now and then, but if this becoming a regular occurrence and negatively affecting your ability to get a good night’s sleep, then it’s time to get help.

Increased Screen Time

Scrolling your device to find out the latest pandemic news or communicating with loved ones during the lockdowns means more time in front of a screen these days, but don’t overdo it. Too much screen time can negatively affect your sleep habits and overall physical and mental health. It is important to find activities to do that don’t involve screens.  

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