As we know one of the stabilizers for the brain and our immunity system is quality sleep. For some of us sleeping is enjoyable and something we do easily. For others the stress of COVID-19 and other issues in life can cause a great deal of concern, anxiety and sleepless nights. With all the information overload that we are receiving and some of the life stressors of a pandemic it is predictable that our sleep patterns can be interrupted.
MBG’s Editorial Assistant Eliza Sullivan has just published a very practical article on this topic. Here is part of the article:
In a time where we’re suddenly doing everything—from working to working out—in our homes, our bodies are learning how to adjust. For some, staying at home may blur the line between being active and resting, which can result in a wonky sleep schedule. Now, more than ever, we need to prioritize sleep to support our immunity.
It’s not news that sleep is an important part of supporting our body’s proper function, but sleep washes the brain and regulates hormones. According to Eva Selhub, M.D., “When sleep-deprived, the body’s hormone system is off.”
She recommends “taking your time, being mindful and more nurturing toward yourself.” If you find yourself, and your sleep pattern, struggling to adjust to your new routine, there are some things you can do to counter the more negative impacts of a forming sleep debt.
Her recommendations are found in the rest of the article. Here is the link that I hope will give you some valuable tips to help with your sleep patterns or someone close to you.
One of the positive aspects of working from home is that it may give us a better ability to sleep on a more regular schedule which could help our brain function and our overall health. I hope this article can be helpful to you or any members of your family to help develop healthy and enriching sleep patterns during our new normal.