Saying that the COVID-19 pandemic and the enhanced community quarantine threw us for a loop is the understatement of the year. A lot of things changed and many of us didn't have time to process the information before we were forced to stay in. These sudden changes shifted our lifestyle and routines, which in turn, probably disrupted our body clocks.
Without these social routines—like commuting—it's easier for our bodies to become confused. It can affect sleeping patterns, appetite, energy, and even moods.
But by how much? We asked the people in our Cosmo Mixers about their own body clocks and if they saw a difference.
- "Hindi siya gaano nasira. My body clock is still somehow [the] same... I still have to be online before 8:00 a.m. I also have an 8:00 a.m. online class every Saturday that requires me to fix myself. Sometimes, I sleep at 2:00 a.m. and still wake up at 6:00 or 7:00 a.m. But nowadays, it's so hard to shut the brain down kahit time to sleep na because of too much thinking about work, school, and the pandemic. Sometimes, may weird dreams na rin!" -Trina
- "Surprisingly, I'm still a morning person! Work time was weird, haha (hoteliers represent!!). I wake up at 8:00 a.m. and sleep around 11:00 p.m." -Dennise
- "I'm still NOT a morning person but I sleep longer now. Pre-ECQ, I only got six hours of sleep. Now, I get seven to eight hours. Sleeping time is still between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. I think my body clock is the same except for the longer sleep." -June
- "I wake up at 6:00 a.m. on the dot every day. No alarm needed. The only time this got messed up was when we experienced power outage last week, lol. Also! I've learned 'WAG NA MAGKAPE SA HAPON kasi I'm not using as much energy as I used to now that I'm just at home. Whenever I drink coffee in the afternoon, I end up staying awake until 1:00 a.m. which I hate!" -Retty
- "OMG, I am legit a morning person now! So pre-quarantine, I'd get up at around 7:30am, and I'd have to do the following in between 7:30 to 8:00 a.m.: eat breakfast, take a shower, and get dressed?—isingit pa natin yung checking of my email and news while doing these. It was super clutch, haha! I had to be out the door by 8am to make it to the office by 8:30 a.m. at the latest (I live super near to my office building, that's why ang bilis ng travel time).
BUT NOW, I deliberately changed my body clock to wake up at 6:30 a.m. I realized that I didn't need to rush anymore (to go anywhere, lol) and that with waking up earlier, you can do so much more before you start your day. And sometimes, I even wake up before my alarm! So now, I can leisurely eat my breakfast, drink my coffee, and do a quick workout before I log in for work! I love it. I think it's really helped me get out of my quarantine ~funk~ because I feel that I have control over my life even in this very very uncertain time. I really had to take action na 'cause the first two weeks of quarantine put me in a bad place mentally.
Anyway, with waking up earlier, nagulat lang ako though na I would get so sleepy earlier in the night, haha! 'Di pa ako sanay dun but I'm getting there. So now, I'm tucked in bed at 10:00 p.m. A true tita." -Cindy
- "Sirang-sira na. I end up thinking about work more at night since we started WFH. Its like my mind can’t seem to separate work and home anymore." -Kathrina
- "Before ECQ, I had to wake up three hours before I clock-in for work 'cause it takes about one and a half to two hours to travel to my office. Now, with my WFH arrangement, I can wake up 15 to 20 minutes before I clock-in, LOL! I used to wake up around 6:00 a.m. and be asleep by midnight; now. I wake up around 8:30 a.m. and sleep around 2:00 a.m. It's a bit harder to sleep, but I find it easier to wake up. I guess kasi physically, it's not very taxing since I'm just on my laptop for work the whole day vs. having to commute/walk around and stuff before ECQ kaya may pagod factor." -Jen
How to fix your body clock
- Wake up at the same time every morning. This is the most important thing for you to do if you want to correct your body clock. So as tempting as it can be to hit that snooze button, will yourself out of bed.
- Routines, as a concept, is based on stability. Think about your current one: How much structure do your days have?
- We can't say this loud enough: Avoid naps during the day. Naps are wonderful, but limit them to the weekend. Sleeping in the afternoon can make it harder for you to catch those zzzs at night.
- The blue light on your phone tells your brain it's not time to sleep yet. If you have a habit of scrolling through social before bed, make sure you stop this 30 minutes before you have to go to sleep.
- Exercise!!! You already know it's good for more than just your mental health.
Answers have been edited for clarity.
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