Lockdown Effect: People at High Risk of Sleep Disorder (Insomnia)

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Are you also affected by the clock shifts in your daily routine during the lockdown, especially in your sleeping schedule?  

According to research, more than 4 percent of people currently suffer from sleep syndrome known as Insomnia. Approx. 93 percent of people in India are troubled by the problem of sleeplessness and 58 percent of people have a direct effect on the routine of not getting enough sleep.

But in lockdown situations across the globe, some observations and researches say that people do not go on bad early in the night and this percentage is increased. People are watching TV and making TikTok videos late at night.

Physician Dr. Neelam Mehra says, ‘Sleep is of two types. Deep sleep means non-pied eye movement sleep and raw sleep, which is also called dream sleep. If the non-pied eye movement sleep comes for even 5 hours, the body relaxes, but even if the raw sleep is 8 hours, it does not relax the body.

Reasons for Sleeplessness during Lockdown

Lack of physical activity

It is said that one may achieve sound sleep after working hard, but despite the rush and stressful routine of changing lifestyle, many times we complain of not getting sleep, yet we ignore it. During Lockdown, people are at minimal physical activities and work stress, finding it difficult to achieve sound or early sleep.

Sleeping in the noontime or after Lunch

Most people especially ladies prefer to have rest and go on the bed after having lunch every day. A sound sleep of 5 hours is enough for the body to have rest whereas sleeping for 3 hours in noontime may force your body to experience insomnia in night hours.

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No office or school the next day

In the scenario of work from home, people may opt to wake up early in the morning resulting in late night sleeps. Homemakers also do not have the responsibilities of packing lunch boxes. You can plan and schedule your routine as per your convenience. These reasons may give rise to choosing late-night sleep.

Addiction to TV and social media

The consumption of internet data is increased worldwide. Digital applications are offering numbers of web series to pass the time. Social media is full of forwards and entertainment content to make the people busy on electronic gadgets. News channels are also full of content related to coronavirus pandemic.  

Existing discomforts in the body

The following may also force you to opt for late-night or uncomfortable sleep:

  • Tension and Stress
  • Depression
  • Lifestyle
  • Body Pain

Remedies to Sleeplessness

Many times the problem of sleeplessness becomes so severe that it can affect our mental health. In such a situation, if you are also facing a similar problem related to sleep, then definitely follow these measures.

Set time

No matter how busy your routine is, but to get a night of good sleep, it is important that you decide the time of your bedtime. This balances the cycle of sleeping and getting up in your body. Initially, even though you will have some difficulty, if you try to sleep on a regular schedule, then it will be included in your routine.

Spend the necessary time with gadgets

After working all day, if you stick to a computer or TV even in your rest moments, then make a distance from them. At least before bed, start avoiding working on the computer. Also, do not take drinks like tea and coffee at night. Eat more spicy and heavy foods at night.

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Beneficial diet

Take a glass of warm milk before bedtime. This recipe is very effective for relieving insomnia. Apart from this, you can also eat cherries, poppy seeds, nuts, etc. Ayurvedic treatment is also effective in this direction. Ayurveda recommends the use of dry flower (chamomile flower), lavender, etc., but first, consult a doctor for this. Drink lots of water before bedtime.

Soles massage

Always clean hands and feet before sleeping followed by massaging the soles. This keeps the blood flow of the body correct and removes fatigue. For good sleep,  massage before sleeping is fruitful therapy.

Yoga and exercise

Although yoga and exercise are considered to be effective for a healthy body, there is also some yoga which helps in getting good sleep. Such as Shavasana, Vajrasana, Bhramari Pranayam, etc. Doing these regularly will help get rid of insomnia and fatigue will be diluted.

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