May 14, 2020 Aaron

I Can’t Sleep During a Crisis – What To Do?

Who knew silence could be so loud? There is something awfully unheimlich about the empty streets, the still of the night, the lack of the familiar noises. I never thought I’d miss the sound of cars driving by, or people shouting at each other while dropping in and out of bars. When darkness infiltrates the night you realise you miss the sounds of life which have now been replaced by the screaming of sirens and the beating of your own heart. 

The days are stressful. Now more so than ever. We watch the news, we keep on top of work, some of us  homeschool our kids and all while trying to keep things as normal as possible. We worry about everything there is to worry about: our health, the health of our loved ones, the economy, our jobs, even small things like the holidays we now have to cancel. But the chaos of our new realities keep us too occupied to even notice how it is affecting our bodies and minds, and it’s not until we lay in our beds and the sound of life is missing that the worry really kicks in. And we lay awake as the clock keeps ticking…

Sleep is vital for your body and mind to work. Sleepless nights are something to take seriously, especially during a pandemic. Sleep recharges your batteries, empowers your immune system and keeps you healthy.

If the anxiety induced by the current crisis, or any crisis, is ruining your sleep, you need to let it all out. You need to communicate. In fact, you need to over communicate. Do it more than you think you have to. Because it’s all in there. Even if you don’t know what to say, just start. Get on Zoom, get someone on the phone, even if you don’t know what to say.  Trust me, it will all come pouring out!

Don’t just talk to your friends or family – talk to yourself! That may sound crazy, but you do it in the way that works for you. It could mean journaling for you or literally talking into a tape recorder. I advised someone who emailed me last night about just being up and having trouble falling back to sleep, to tape record herself and all those thoughts that kept going through her mind. Also record what you think about them – just to get them out of you.

 You need to get these anxieties out of you because you are overloaded with things to process. So, no wonder you can’t sleep. Just to keep processing your fears and worries so that you can come back to the present because that’s all we have right now.

The more you communicate, the more you will discover that you are not alone in your thoughts. So – talk, talk, talk. Talk to yourself in writing or to others just as a way to clear yourself and clean out what’s already in there and what’s already going on inside of you, whether you can articulate it or not. 

 

Read more here:

Why you need to over-communicate (source: World Economic Forum – as it relates to work, but it applies equally at this time.)

You Aren’t Communicating Nearly Enough (source: GlowForge)

 

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