Ever had one of those days where you haven't done much, yet still feel totally exhausted by 8pm? It's likely during our current coronavirus lockdown that many of us are feeling tired after a long day of staying in—and there's a good reason why, says Dr Sophie Bostock, a Sleep Specialist at brain health and wellness supplement Heights.
“It’s not surprising that lockdown is impacting how tired people are feeling. A lot of this comes down to routines being hacked, less exposure to sunlight, heightened anxiety from reading the news and increased screen time," she explains.
"Because of all this our brains aren’t getting the same amount of stimulation that they are used to; we’re having to spend our days in the same few rooms of our houses and with the same few people, so it’s natural to feel more lethargic than normal as a result.”
Here, Sophie shares her expertise and best bits of advice for re-energizing.
Establish a new routine
And stick to it, too. “You’d think being able to sleep in longer and move less during lockdown would increase our energy levels in the day, but it’s quite the opposite," notes Sophie. "It’s tempting to use the time you would be commuting to sleep-in, but messing with your circadian rhythms disrupts your body, making you more susceptible to tiredness."
Our functions thrive on being able to anticipate waking-up and mealtimes, so if you sleep in after a Tiger King marathon, you’re essentially putting the brain and body through jet-lag. Keep your screens in a separate room to where you sleep too.