You could call it The Great Reset.
A couple of months of shutdowns, lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, and more are changing how we do virtually everything.
Some of these changes will last far beyond the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. And a few of those may be moves for the better.
One that belongs in that “better” group is a change you can start as early as tonight. A move that could enhance your health throughout this crisis and for many years to come.
It’s something we always want. Many of us desperately need it. And, unfortunately, some of us can’t ever get it, no matter how hard we try.
If you guessed I was talking about sleep, you’re right.
And today, I’m going to share the inside scoop on why good, quality sleep is more important now than ever. And I’ll reveal what you can do to get it even during the stressful days of a global pandemic.
Quality sleep is more critical now than ever before
If you’re a regular Healthier Talk reader, you know I often talk about how vital sleep is to our health. But now a new analysis shows why that shuteye becomes even MORE critical at a time like this.
Sleep can help protect your mood and mental health. And not JUST right now, when you REALLY need it. But also long after the acute emergency is over, too.
You see, any big crisis can leave behind lasting stress issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder. But the new study finds good sleep can literally help protect against PTSD and other lingering mental health issues from a period of crisis.
In other words, get your zzzzzs now, and you could be less likely to suffer during AND after the COVID-19 crisis.
You’re just a few steps away from hitting the hay
OK, I know that’s great in theory. But in reality? Well, let’s just say I understand getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge.
A LOT is going on right now. Bunches of bad news to deal with. Plus, lots of us and our loved ones are at risk. So even if you’re not worried about yourself, you’re concerned about others – your friends, your family, and the state of the nation as a whole.
It’s literally keeping us up at night.
On the other hand, many of us have looser time commitments these days. And that gives us a rare golden opportunity. It provides us with a chance to RESET our sleep habits that, let’s face it, probably weren’t ideal even before the pandemic.
]And I’ve got some practical tips to get you started.
First, don’t stay up until one, two or three a.m. in the morning just because you always have – or because you’re fond of late-night TV. Get to bed just a little earlier each day until you’ve “reset” your sleep hours.
Second, turn off the constant coronavirus news after dinner and do something less stressful. And switch off ALL screens at least an hour before bed. Light from LCD devices can trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime, making it tougher to fall asleep.
And third, don’t be afraid to get a little extra help if you need it. The researchers behind the new study say cognitive behavioral therapy works well for sleep, has no drug side effects, and can be done remotely.
But I’ve got one more simple solution you could get started on right away. And that’s using melatonin.
The “sleep hormone” can work wonders, especially for older folks struggling to get some shuteye since our natural melatonin levels drop as we age. Look for a spray form if you can find it. Sprays don’t need digesting. Instead, they get absorbed straight into the body, so they can help you slip off to sleep faster.