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If you're having trouble sleeping lately, you're not alone! Pandemic-related sleep issues are affecting so many of us and The Doctors are joined by sleep specialist Dr. Michael Newnam to share tips on how to get more restorative sleep.
According to the CDC, adults need at least 7 hours of sleep each night, but many of us are not getting anywhere close to that (are you lying wide awake in bed right now reading this shocking statistic!?). Your recent sleep issues might be related to stress, nightmares, or being overscheduled in this new work-from-home world.
With some experts contending that better sleep (and more of it) can lead to warding off illness, like COVID-19, it's more important than ever to catch those ZZZs.
To change your sleep schedule: Dr. Newnam suggests gradually changing your schedule by waking earlier each morning to adapt to your desired schedule.
For those racing middle-of-the-night thoughts keeping you awake: The sleep specialist says stress, fear, and anxiety are usually at the root of this issue and he suggests unplugging each night from anything that brings on these feelings and replacing them with things or activities that bring you joy or relax you. For instance, instead of watching or reading the news, go for a walk, or read a book before bed.
Are you waking repeatedly during the night?: Dr. Newnam says the cause of the awakening needs to be identified. Is it pain, the urge to go to the bathroom, or sleep apnea? Once the underlying issue is identified, your doctors or specialist should be able to suggest what treatment might help you stay asleep during the night.
If you need more stress-relief tips, The Doctors have you covered with 10 products that can help you relax, easy lifestyle changes for a more stress-free life, and a healthy stress-fighting snack idea.