Specialist offers tips on getting a good night’s sleep

Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 7:19 PM EDT
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Getting a good night's sleep can be difficult, even in the best of times. In this week's Medical Monday, Kathy McCarty speaks with a specialist about how to get the rest you need, even during a pandemic.

Changes in routine, especially those brought on by the stress of quarantine, can make sleeping a challenge. Kayla Caron, a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in sleep medicine, says it’s important to maintain a regular routine, even with such changes.

“We know that stress could obviously cause worsening in people’s anxiety, depression, make them worry more before going to bed. And that could, in turn, affect sleep patterns,” says Kayla Caron.

She says talking to someone - be it a counselor, family doctor, friend of family - can help alleviate some of the stress.

Caron says “If people are having difficulties sleeping at night, we like to encourage them to not nap during the day. If naps are something that need to be done due to safety - you know, if they absolutely need to snooze for a couple minutes - we recommend limiting naps to 15 to 20 minutes during the day.”

Napping longer could disrupt one’s nighttime routine. Limiting certain activities before bed can help.

“From a sleep perspective, we also like to recommend social distancing from social media or anything that may interfere with their sleep. People watching the news might make them worry more. So try not to do that before going to bed,” says Kayla Caron.

Caron encourages finding a bedtime routine that works for you, like yoga or reading, to help you relax and get a good night’s sleep. If you do have difficulty sleeping, talk to your primary care provider.

Kathy McCarty, NewsSource 8

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