Coronavirus = More Sleep?

Coronavirus may have one good result -- more sleep for our students and staff!

For months now, students have been waking up and going to sleep whenever they want.  Our staff members have also been ignoring the clock.

French teacher Ms.McCracken said it’s nice to sleep in.

“I’ve always been a night owl so going to bed early and getting up early has always been a challenge. Right now I’m going to bed about the same time as before, but I get to sleep in a little later since I don't have to drive anywhere.” 

Junior Alexa B. agrees.  “I definitely get more sleep now that we’re on our own schedule because we don’t have to get up so early for classes. I just go to sleep whenever I feel like it because it’s very hard for me to force myself to fall asleep.”

If you find yourself struggling to fall asleep, here’s some tips from


Sleep-specific aspects of your daily schedule should include:

  • Wake-Up Time: Set your alarm, bypass the snooze button, and have a fixed time to get every day started.

  • Wind-Down Time: This is an important time to relax and get ready for bed. It can involve things like light reading, stretching, and meditating along with preparations for bed like putting on pajamas and brushing your teeth. Given the stress of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s wise to give yourself extra wind-down time each night.

  • Bedtime: Pick a consistent time to actually turn out the lights and try to fall asleep.

In addition to time spent sleeping and getting ready for bed, it can be helpful to incorporate steady routines to provide time cues throughout the day, including:

  • Showering and getting dressed even if you aren’t leaving the house.

  • Eating meals at the same time each day.

  • Blocking off specific time periods for work and exercise.

Take charge of your sleep patterns and you’ll be much more likely to make it through coronavirus happy, healthy, and well-rested.

--by Sariah C.