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  • Ivyia Adams MS, LMHC, CCTP

Sleep & Covid-19: So,you can't sleep?

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Many clients are finding it hard to sleep due to Covid-19. This is understandable. With the world spinning and changing daily it is easy to get anxious and find it difficult to sleep. Below are some useful things to help.

1. Create a sleep ritual-

Each night create a sleep ritual. Do the same steps nightly. For example, come home shower, turn the TV off about 45 minutes before retiring to bed. Relax your mind with a deep meditative thought. Grab your favorite pillow and close your eyes. Count back from 10 breathing slowly with each number. After you get to one don't open your eyes. Just try to begin the process of drifting to sleep.

2. Don't drink caffeine late at night-

It's tempting to get a late night latte or grab a black cup of tea. Let's skip it. Caffeine is known to activate the nervous system and make us more alert. Instead try your favorite non-caffeine herbal tea. If that doesn't work warm milk or lemon and honey might do the trick.

3. Get it out-

If something is causing you trouble sleeping, GET IT OUT. Instead of thinking about it over and over and ruminating, write it down. Keep a journal near your bed for this. If this doesn't work, it may be time to talk it over with a friend or work with a professional counselor or psychotherapist to help you with this.

Just remember the world is going through a collective challenge with Covid-19. You are not alone. No matter how hard it feels. There is always someone to help in the form of a local therapist. Our office is always available.

- "Before you go to sleep, do not forget to say thank you for the good moments that have happened to you in the last 24 hours. I am thankful at this moment for you!"-

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