A good night's sleep is critical to your overall health. The Doctors discuss what may be impacting the quality of your rest and share tips to ensure a healthy snooze.
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Millions of Americans report having trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep. Pfizer’s chief medical officer Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall joins The Doctors to find out what’s stealing your sleep and to offer advice to help you get the rest you need.
“About 50 percent of people who suffer from insomnia attribute it to stress,” Dr. Lewis-Hall explains. “Insomnia can indicate an underlying illness, like depression or anxiety. That’s why it’s really important to talk to your doctor about your insomnia, about your stressors, and any other symptom that you might be experiencing.”
Dr. Lewis-Hall explains that if you’re suffering from insomnia, you need to become your own sleep detective and track how and why you’re losing sleep. Be sure to take note of your bedtime habits and how they may be contributing to the problem. Then, share your findings with your physician, who can discuss options to help you slumber more soundly.
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An anonymous viewer steps into The Doctors’ medical confessional to seek help for an embarrassing bedtime bother: excessive gas.
For most of her life, Tami, 45, says she has been thrashing or flailing in her sleep. Her husband, Tim, describes the movements as similar to riding a bicycle and complains of being hit and kicked during the night, though Tami says she has no recollection of doing it. She says she has tried several natural remedies, which help her fall asleep but do nothing to help reduce the thrashing she experiences during the night. The couple joins The Doctors to hopefully find a solution to Tami’s painful and exhausting problem.