How to Overcome a Challenging Pandemic Sleep Routine

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You might want to think twice before having that nightcap before bed — especially if you’re hoping it will help you sleep better.

During this pandemic, some people are getting more sleep than ever because they have more free time with less commuting and not rushing the kids around as much as before. Others have experienced sleep problems due to struggles with anxiety because of the pandemic and related issues.

Dr. Nicole Avena, assistant professor of neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and visiting professor of health psychology at Princeton University told WBBM some have turned to a glass of wine or beer thinking it will help them relax and fall asleep more easily. But that's not always the case.

“Certainly having a healthy diet, trying to avoid drinking alcohol before bedtime, also making sure your environment is conducive to good sleep (will help)," she said.

She recommends making sure lighting is dim and having comfortable bedding — all things that can have an impact on the quality of your sleep. Avena said these routines are simple changes that can really make a big impact.

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