How to get more sleep during the coronavirus pandemic

There a lot of bad news about – and quality sleep may well be our best defence against anxiety. Here are some tips to help you doze off in uncertain times, writes Adam Popescu DrLullaby’s founder, Lisa Medalie, PsyD, DBSM contributes to this Independent Lifestyle article, explaining minimizing distractions before bed, how to sleep when you’re not feeling well, and why sleep is so important. Stay informed, but don’t look at the news right before bed “Isolation can increase the desire to stay electronically connected even more,” says Lisa Medalie, a behavioural sleep medicine specialist at the University of Chicago, who adds that it’s vital to keep disciplined, which helps minimise distractions and regain control. What if you’re feeling sick? “Focus on adequate sleep, stay hydrated, and manage symptoms to recover,” Medalie says. “During this time of uncertainty, work on what you can control: your sleep habits.” So, why does sleep matter anyway? The science is simple, says Medalie: a good night’s sleep supports the release and production of cytokine, a protein that helps the immune system quickly respond to harmful substances known as antigens.