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10 ways our sleep has changed and what we can do about it

Sleep is one area that has changed considerably for people over the past few months, but it is possible to get your cycle back on track, writes sleep expert Tom Coleman

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If you don’t get enough sleep this will weaken your immune system and cause mood swings among other things

If you don’t get enough sleep this will weaken your immune system and cause mood swings among other things

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If you don’t get enough sleep this will weaken your immune system and cause mood swings among other things

Our lives have changed dramatically since the pandemic lockdown began in March. Our usual daily routine - including commutes, meal times, and the amount of time we spend outside - has had an impact on our sleep pattern. But now as restrictions begin to ease it's time to get your sleep cycle back on track.

1 Disruption of patterns

We are creatures of habit and our brains love when we fall into rhythm. For most of us, the patterns we have developed of waking, work life, social life and sleep were ingrained in our systems and psyche. There has been a profound disruption in those patterns, and this is causing havoc with our body clock. The three most powerful natural drivers of health and rhythm are sleep, nutrition, and physical activity. Taking control of these will help alleviate uncertainty around how things will progress and regulate the natural order of our internal body clock.