Is the crisis giving you nightmares? Here are some tips

By Richie on April 23, 2020
HONG KONG – OCTOBER 05: A pro-democracy protester sleeps on a concrete road divider on a street outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on October 5, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Thousands of pro-democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong’s Financial district despite demands from Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to clear the area before Monday, October 6. The protesters are calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The virus isn’t just causing stress during the day.  It’s also been giving people nightmares.  There’s even a website called IDreamOfCovid.com that lets you submit your dreams and posts the weirdest ones.

Here are four tips from experts to help relieve stress and get a good night’s sleep . . .

1.  Structure your day.  When you stick to a routine, you help your body stay in sync with its circadian rhythm.  And that alone helps you sleep better.

2.  Keep your work and sleep spaces separate.  Keeping your work and sleep areas physically separated helps your brain make the mental distinction between the two.  So hopefully, any work stress won’t carry over into your dreams. 

3.  Skip those late-night “doomscrolling” sessions.  That’s the new term for when you can’t stop scrolling through depressing news about the crisis.  Don’t do it right before bed, for the same reason you might not want to watch a horror movie.

4.  Unplug from technology at least an hour before bed.  You’ve heard this before, but melatonin helps regulate your body’s internal clock.  The blue light from your phone or TV interferes with that, and makes your brain think it’s still daytime.