Quick Tips for Sleeping Better in Quarantine

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With a lot of us self-isolating, it may feel like time is passing us by differently. Either the days are flying by, taking forever to end, or beginning to meld together out of our control. Practicing healthy sleep schedules may be more important to do now than ever. 

Teenagers typically need 8-10 hours of sleep while adults only need around 7-8 hours nightly. It’s important to maintain a regular internal clock for your physical and mental health. According to health.gov, a regular sleep schedule will improve your immune system, stress levels, and will allow you to think more clearly. 

Sure this all sounds great, but it’s easier said than done. Here’s a few tips and small steps to help you adjust to creating a manageable sleep schedule.

  • Consistency is key: Set a time to wake up every morning and stick to it.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks in the late afternoon or evenings.
  • Only go to bed if you’re sleepy; if you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes get up and move around.
  • Limit exposure to bright lights in the evenings.
  • Don’t use electronic devices 30 minutes prior to bedtime. Instead establish a relaxing routine.
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