A lack of quality sleep can negatively affect both our physical and mental health as well as reduce our immune system’s ability to fight off infections. The amount of sleep we need depends on our age. In general, adults should aim to get at least 7 hours of quality sleep per night. Stress brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic may have a negative impact our sleep. Therefore, we should try to priorities good sleeping habits and ensure we are getting enough.

Here are some tips to help you improve your sleep:

  • Establish a regular sleep schedule (going to bed and getting up at set times), and keep it on weekends and when working from home
  • Limit alcohol intake and do not smoke
  • Avoid caffeine before bedtime
  • Exercise regularly
  • Use comfortable inviting bedding
  • Keeping your room quiet, dark and at a comfortable temperature
  • Disconnect from electronics before going to bed
  • Try relaxation techniques such as meditation