Build Better Sleep was contacted to contribute to an article pertaining to people having trouble sleeping during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is the snippet of my contribution.
1. Help your sleep-wake cycle by spending time outside
When it’s dark at night, your eyes communicate to the hypothalamus that it’s time to feel tired, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Your brain then sends a signal to your body to release melatonin, which makes you feel tired. Being indoors all day during a quarantine doesn’t give your body the cues it needs to stay on track with its circadian rhythm, explains Jason Piper, a certified sleep science coach and founder of Build Better Sleep. To resolve this, get outside shortly after waking up, even if it’s just for a five-minute walk, he suggests. If you can, get outside again between 8 a.m. and noon. “The more time spent outside during this period, the more melatonin your body can make at night,” he says. As the sun sets, dim the lights in your house. He suggests candles because they give off colors similar to a sunset.
My name is Jason Piper and I am a certified sleep coach from Detroit,MI. I help people and businesses to rebuild their sleep for more energy, concentration, and creativity. Join my Sleep Quest to improve your sleep tonight.