Now that many of us are working from home, separating work from rest time can be difficult (especially if you work in the same room that you sleep in). More than 1 in 5 working Americans are sleeping worse than before the pandemic due to stress, so finding rituals that promote sleep and relaxation is important for properly winding down after work.
HR staff and other workplace professionals can benefit from bedtime rituals that are rooted in productivity. Studies have even shown that in order for adults to get an adequate quality of sleep, they need to maintain consistent sleep routines. Start by adding one or two rituals into your schedule three to four hours before you plan to go to sleep. This can be as simple as setting an “end of day” appointment to make sure you are actually logging off of work or creating a next day to-do list to organize tomorrow’s responsibilities.
Whatever bedtime ritual you choose, allow yourself to focus solely on the task without checking your phone or email. This step will help you successfully unplug from work and prepare your mind and body for sleep.
If you’ve been experiencing insomnia due to the stress from the COVID-19 pandemic, consider changing the way you prepare for sleep your—your mind and body will thank you later!