As we welcome another season of social distancing, the stress brought on by the current health situation continues to severely affect the normal sleep cycle of many Canadians. With shorter days upon us, now is a great time to pay attention to and catch up on your much-required sleep.
Factors that lead to sleep disturbances as indicated by the Canadian Journal of Public Health include: Stress and anxiety, screen addiction, changes in daily routines, reduced daylight exposure and staying indoors more than usual. Prolonged sleep losses can have critical implications on your mental and physical health. Consider introducing healthy practices and strategies in your daily schedule to curb sleep disturbances.
Here are some ways you can improve your sleep routine and prioritize sleep:
- Make time for sleep as you would for any other activity
- Cut back on screen time an hour before bed
- Cut down on caffeine and alcohol
- Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
If you’re still experiencing restless or disruptive sleep, even after implementing a number of healthy habits, then you may have a sleep disorder. Consider reaching out to a healthcare professional for assessment. Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) under the RSB Plan offers support and counselling services.