Article: Sleep Problems and Divorce

By: Rhiannon Ford

Emotional stress during divorce is exhausting and you may need more rest at the moment.

During the Day

It’s a good idea to rest during the day when possible. Just a 20mins power nap or lie down can do wonders to re-energise you for the rest of the day. If you are worried about your rest time running over, you can set an alarm on your mobile phone.

Our daily activities can also impact the quality of our sleep at night. To help aid night time sleep, during the day you should:

  • Increase your exposure to sunlight and fresh air
  • Eat healthily
  • Get regular exercise

At night

In times of stress, it can be very difficult to “switch off” at bedtime, which in turn makes falling asleep challenging. Many people also struggle with interrupted sleep or not feeling refreshed in the morning.
It’s a good idea to have a sensible bedtime routine, to put you in the best position possible for both dropping off and having a good quality night’s sleep:

  • Try to go to bed at the same time each night- this helps get your body clock into a good routine
  • Avoid electronic devices(TV, computer etc.) just before bedtime
  • Create a restful environment in your bedroom to encourage sleep
  • Spend a few minutes getting your mind and body into a relaxed state-e.g.  deep,  slow breathing
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and large meals a few hours before bedtime

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