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Confinement: concentration or sleep problem, what to do?

Posted 06 April 2020

Our rhythms of life have been quite upset since confinement was declared following the Covid-19 epidemic. As we are very much stuck at home, we lose the usual routine, get up early, go to bed early to be in shape, eat at more or less fixed times ... And that can be disruptive when it comes to concentrating on your work, an online exam, etc.

To avoid living completely out of step and succeed in focusing a minimum when necessary during the day, what can we do well?


Obviously, you could be told that all you need to do is go to bed wisely at 10:30 p.m. and get up at 7:30 a.m. to be productive during the day. But we're not going to lie to each other, without the pressure of having to arrive on time at the office or at school, it's not that easy. Like you, we are tempted to play video games all night long or hang out on Netflix until we have used up all the seasons of our new series (or to scroll endlessly on social networks, like the Bodypack Pinterest).  

But it has already been said, ideally we turn off the screens an hour before going to bed. Already because blue light does not encourage falling asleep, and because to fall asleep peacefully, it is better to avoid being excited like a flea before slipping under the sheets. So do your best to do a couple of little things between when you turn off your screen and when you go to bed. It could be packing your things, planning your day for the next day, emptying the dishwasher (well, okay that's not very fun but good) ...


Then, even if it sounds painful, it's still okay to get up at a fixed time (and before noon). Of course, you don't have to keep getting up at 6 a.m. to anticipate traffic jams and be sure to get to work on time. But if you manage to get up before your kids, it can give you a few quiet hours;) Trying not to spend half the day sleeping is worth it.

We had talked about it in a previous article, plan your day in advance to have a good vision of your tasks: if you do it well, it will prevent you from dispersing and you can stay focused.


When we finally manage to get down to work, how do we stay on it, at least for a minimum of time? Obviously, it's easier if you can be calm: a little briefing with the other inhabitants of the house may be required to ask them to leave you alone for a while. Then everyone has their own strategy: for the younger ones, it's like when you study for any test, you're used to it. For those of us who haven't studied for a few years, now is the time to dig into our memories to find the right reflexes. Find the right motivation!


Finally, a little sport can't hurt you! Even indoors, there are a few hands-on exercises you can do with what you have at home. You can also load a Bodypack bag to bottles of water to make a dumbbell ;-) Also watch your diet (now or never): eating too rich or in too much quantity tires our body and prevents us from sleeping well at night.



It's important to make the most of this time, but still remember to keep up;) Take care of yourself and stay at home!


(Small clarification, we are obviously only talking about concerns related to this change of pace. For any real problem related to concentration or sleep, it is better to consult a professional!)