6 Ways To Get Into A Good Sleep RoutineFor a lot of us, COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown, whilst turbulent, has been a good opportunity to avoid having to get up early in the morning and make a long, cold journey to work. Unless you’re a super morning person (do they even make those?), then being able to reclaim a little extra time in bed has been an absolute blessing. On top of the lie-ins, knowing you don’t have to get out of bed until later in the evening (or, if you’re furloughed - at all!), means that your nights have been longer, with just one more episode of your favourite show, one more drink on the Zoom call, 30 minutes extra browsing Twitter. With these habits built up over several months, it’s likely to be a shock to the system when you are suddenly called back to the office and need to get into the 9-5 mindset. If you’re already dreading the alarm clock and feeling half-asleep by lunchtime, we’ve put together six ways to get yourself in a good sleep routine before going back to the office.
#1 Get Ahead Of The GameThere’s no point going to bed super early the night before you’re due into work and expecting to fall asleep - you’re likely to toss and turn all night and become frustrated. Instead, a week or so before you go back, go to bed ten minutes earlier and set an alarm ten minutes earlier than you’ve been getting up in quarantine. That way, when the day comes, you’ll be much more acclimatised to the earlier wake-up call.
#2 Avoid StimulantsA no-brainer, but don’t drink alcohol whilst you’re trying to acclimatise. Coffee, tea and energy drinks can be great to wake you up but try to stop drinking them late into the afternoon as this may affect your sleeping habits. Even doing exercise late into the evening can affect your stimulant levels, so get your workout in earlier in the day.