How To Sleep When Hor­rific News Be­comes The Norm

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1. Talk about what’s both­er­ing you A big part of deal­ing with a tragedy is ex­press­ing your emo­tions, said Steve Orma, a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and au­thor of Stop Wor­ry­ing and Go to Sleep. The Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion rec­om­mends that you talk to fam­ily and friends about how you’re feel­ing.

2. Do things that help you re­lax Re­lax­ation and med­i­ta­tion tech­niques help ease stress and can be es­pe­cially help­ful be­fore bed, said Phyl­lis Zee, di­rec­tor of the Sleep Dis­or­ders Cen­ter at North­west­ern Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

3.Prac­tice good sleep hy­giene Ex­er­cise dur­ing the day, but not too close to bed­time. Get some sun dur­ing the day, but avoid bright lighter later at night.

4. Give your­self a break You need to tell your­self it’s ok to have a few nights of poor sleep, Orma said. The more you beat your­self up for not sleep­ing well and the more up­set you get about it, the more anx­ious you can be­come about not sleep­ing and fuel the sleep­less cy­cle.

5. Get the help you need If cop­ing on your own or with your fam­ily mem­bers is not enough, talk to a psy­chol­o­gist or li­censed med­i­cal health pro­fes­sional, rec­om­mends the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion. The Huff­in­g­ton Post

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