Insomnia is the most typical symptom of post-pandemic, routine stress

 

Posted by Dr. Harness Kaur

It was 3:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning when my work phone rang and woke me from deep sleep. When I replied to that, I heard a voice that was new to me and quite distressed. This was a 37 old entrepreneur who worked from home, managing personal responsibilities and professional deadlines, and had no time to himself. “I’ve been very stressed lately when I could just sleep.” Although I overcame your crisis for then and made an appointment. The words … ‘if only I could sleep’ kept ringing in my ears. Their chaotic routine was no different from those trying to reach their potential. How many people pick up the phone and seek professional help? How many have access to professional help? Sleep eluded me as I pondered these unanswered questions.

Insomnia is the most common complaint associated with -pandemic and other routine stress. Despite the recommended 7-9 hours, it has become a luxury to relax and unwind with good pillow time. People often associate poor sleep with stress, but stress and poor sleep are often part of a vicious cycle that is sometimes difficult to break. Difficult but possible.

To sleep better, one should adhere to sleep hygiene – have an organized sleep and wake-up routine, avoid caffeine, carbonated drinks, alcohol, tobacco, high-carbohydrate, high-sugar diet, and blue light from laptops / smartphones immediately before bed. Activities such as 30 minutes of daily, adequate bedroom temperature, regular relaxing activity (read a book), meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and simple mindfulness are recommended. Avoid doing housework, snacking, surfing in bed. Keep it as a special place just for sleeping.

Routine stress can be managed by setting SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely) goals, having some time for yourself, doing preferred activities (running, walking, gardening, cycling, playing with a pet, reading, listening to music ). . Writing down your thoughts at the end of the day is an effective way to relax your mind and be free from fear. It is highly recommended that you daily exposure to natural air and light to avoid feeling dejected.

In a world that never sleeps, it is important to recognize early-stage stress and seek professional help to avoid long-term .

The author is a consulting psychiatrist with Omni Clinics and Diagnostics

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