What sleep experts say will help you get re-acclimated to a pre-pandemic schedule
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For most people, working from home was expected to be a short-term solution to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
A year and a half later, this short-term solution that meant adjusting to a new work schedule, new work habits and an all-around new lifestyle has become the new normal.
But as employees are slowly being called back to the workplace, many are experiencing emotions ranging from stress and anxiety to relief and anticipation, according to clinical psychologist Leslie Swanson, Ph.D., who sees patients at the University of Michigan Health Sleep Disorders Centers.
However you view this return to normal, one thing is clear: Getting back to old routines will take some work – and a healthy sleep routine is one of the most critical steps of all, said Cathy Goldstein, M.D., M.S., a neurologist also at the Sleep Disorders Centers.
“During the last 18 months, people have been living according to their circadian timing, some going to bed later and sleeping longer, with less variability in their sleep patterns,” said Goldstein.
“Some individuals say they’ve been sleeping much better and are more productive because of the flexibility in their schedules. For example, night owls who found it difficult to work a 9-to-5 job have embraced the flexibility brought on by the pandemic. They’ve been able to sleep according to their body’s circadian timing.”